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February 12, 2014 to March 16, 2014

Paul Richardson: Through His Eyes

In addition to being professionally heralded as a leading radiologist and philanthropist, Paul Richardson's prolific body of work as a photographer ranged from the exquisite beauty found in nature to the stark ruins of abandoned prisons. The exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance,Through His Eyes, focuses on Richardson's photographs taken at Holmesburg Prison. Built in 1896 and in continuous use until 1995, Holmesburg was notoriously known as the site of a controversial, decades-longĀ  pharmaceutical, and biochemical weapons research project involving testing on inmates. Richardson described Holmesburg as a place of "stark, crumbling horrors that once took hope from body and soul." Despite the subject, Richardson's photographs of this dilapidated site reflect his ability to find beauty even in decay.

Born in Manchester, England, Dr. Paul Richardson went to medical school in England and then came to the United States, where he completed specialty studies at Cornell and New York Universities. During a long career, he was chief of radiology at St. Agnes Medical Center. He also worked at Hahnemann University Hospital and Cooper University Hospital. It was while in semi-retirement that Richardson's interest in photography blossomed.