Richard Margolis moved to Rochester 50 years ago for the MFA program at RIT. He stayed because he never found anyplace he liked better. He taught for ten years, did commercial and architectural photography, was a founding member of Photo Archives Belong in Rochester (PABIR) that campaigned successfully to keep the Eastman House photographic collection here. He worked for ten years to save the Hojack Swing Bridge from demolition but that effort failed. He helped revive the Arts & Cultural Council in the 1980s, organized the first meetings of the Neighborhood of the Arts, was a founding member of ARTWalk, helped organize 2nd Saturdays for Anderson Alley Artists and was the coordinator for several years. He was a member and president of Francis Parker School 23 PTA that his kids attended. He was project manager for several sculpture projects at School 23 and the Cat & Bird sculpture at the corner of Merriman and University, the first ARTWalk sculpture.
Margolis's studio is on the 4th floor of the former shoe factory, now the Anderson Arts Building. He claims to dislike digital photography but Israel Public Art, The Bridge Project web site & book, Rochester's Big Trees, Rochester Public Art and Rochester Landmarks as well as 1000 Island Landmarks and Public Art are all primarily digital photography. He does work now with a 4 x 5 camera and makes big prints in a conventional darkroom on silver gelatin paper. He was born in June and is a Gemini and sometimes claims that that explains why is life and work is bifurcated.