Viewpoint Photographic Art Center proudly presents the work of Richard Murai, one of Northern California’s most accomplished and respected photographers. He has traveled all over the world in search of compelling and spiritually rich pictures.
The images from Bhutan, Laos, and Easter Island in this exhibition are a sampling of work produced over the last six years, and represent an ongoing project of documenting world spiritual sites. As Murai says, “They reflect an unfolding voyage of discovery and creative exploration that examines evidence of intense spiritual devotion and religious fervor, past and present, within unique and distinctive cultures. The act of picture making increases my understanding of the world and the final photograph provides a reaffirmation of the connections between us all.”
Born, raised and educated in the San Francisco Bay Area, Richard Murai now teaches creative photography at Yuba Community College in Marysville. His ongoing fascination with documenting sacred sites has generated travel to locations within India, South America, the Middle East, Russia, Asia, Western Europe and the United States. His award winning work has been exhibited and collected widely and has appeared in major publications including Camera Arts, Photographers Forum, Lenswork, and SilverShotz International.
His recent honors include awards from the Travel Photographer of the Year (UK) in 2007 and 2010; California State Fair, 2009; and Pilsner Urquell (DE). His work is included in major private and corporate collections.
In his website, Signs of Life: Worlds Apart, Murai states, "Ongoing global unrest has caused extreme uncertainty and a difficult emotional time for all. We continue to confront a perplexing, irrational and uncertain world. Reluctance to accept diverse cultural/political/religious influences both here and abroad adds to the apprehension, cynicism and confusion. Becoming sensitive to unfamiliar cultures can quell much of this anxiety and may encourage tolerance and compassion."
For further information about Richard Murai and to view more of his extraordinary photographs, see his website at: www.richardmurai.com.
Black Hat Dancer, Punakha Dzong, Bhutan 2009
Night Sky, Ahu Tongariki, Isla de Pascua, 2009
Water Lilies, Vientiane, Laos 2009