Ron’s  Photography

If I could do it, I’d do no writing at all here.  It would be photographs;  the rest would be fragments of cloth, bits of cotton, lumps of earth records of speech, pieces of wood and iron, phials of odors, plates of food .....

                                                            James Agee from “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men”



                                              Biography for Ron Rigge



                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ron was born in California in 1944, is a resident of Pleasanton CA. and began photographing in the early 1970s.  His earliest efforts were color slides of the Sierra Nevada wilderness.  Since then, his work has included many other areas of photography including medium format black & white and color as well as some alternative processes.  He has studied with Western photographers such as Robert Dawson, Steve Dzeregian and Al Weber.  Some of the most powerful influences on his work have been from William Christenberry, Walker Evans, Philip Hyde and Eliot Porter.

Important works include his “Americana” series on those disappearing icons of the American West, decaying signs, architecture and cars. Other significant essays have included the California missions and the orchards of Central California.  His most satisfying recent work has been of a “pictorialist” style that was originally produced from infrared films but today is captured by an infra red camera.  He still prints some of his work in a conventional home darkroom and enjoys working with the older refined silver techniques for black and white images.   He is now exploring the newest digital methods for color printing and has found it is a superior way of presenting a color photograph.

His work can be found in many collections both internationally, nationally including the California cities of Danville, Livermore and Fairfield. His work has been exhibited in many local and national shows, including the California State Fair for seven consecutive years.



                                                                                                   Colonel Allensworth State Park