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Rick Nahmias is an LA-based photographer, writer and social entrepreneur who’s devoted the last decade to creating consciousness-raising art and food-centric projects and organizations. His social-justice themed media work have been shown across North America, Europe, and Asia.

Via photography, he is known for documenting the lives and struggles of numerous marginalized communities. His acclaimed body of work exploring California’s agricultural workforce “The Migrant Project: Contemporary California Farm Workers” was published by University of New Mexico Press 2008. “Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited,” his traveling multimedia exhibit which documents eleven marginalized communities at prayer was also published by UNM Press, and was named “Best Religion Book” of 2012 by the New Mexico-Arizona Book Association. The companion exhibitions of his books have together toured to over four-dozen museums, universities and cultural centers across the country.

After digging deeper into the world of food justice, he founded the award-winning anti-hunger non-profit, Food Forward in 2009, which has become Southern California’s largest volunteer-powered harvesting-for-the-hungry nonprofit, donating over 5 million pounds of recovered fresh local produce to over 200 agencies serving the hungry of the Southern California region.

His images and writing have been profiled and published in national newspapers, journals, blogs and newsweeklies such as Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post. His work has been presented on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, is part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian, and several other private and public collections across the country.

His work has been funded by The Columbia, Durfee, Annenberg, Ahmanson and S. Mark Taper Foundations and The Pew Charitable Trusts, among many others. A graduate of NYU, he was recently named a Ralph M. Parsons Fellow, a New Food Hero of 2012 by Vegetarian Times, and in 2011 he was as an invited speaker at TEDx Los Angeles where he shared his innovative combination of visual storytelling and activism.

For availability of Traveling Exhibitions, Speaking Engagements, Lectures or Workshops please email rick [at] rcnphoto [dot] com or phone 310.666.8687. Rick Nahmias is represented worldwide by Zuma Press. For image licensing please contact Zuma at 949.494.7704.

Media Inquiries: Katherine White at University of New Mexico Press, kwhite [at] upress [dot] unm [dot] edu / 505-277-3294, kwhite [at] upress [dot] unm [dot] edu / 505-277-3294

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