Biography

Born in 1960, Richard Koenig received his BFA from Pratt Institute. In 1998 he received his MFA from Indiana University and began teaching art and photography courses at Kalamazoo College, Michigan.

His fine art work, Photographic Prevarications, was shown in six one-person exhibits in as many years (from 2007 to 2012). Koenig's long-term documentary project Contemporary Views Along the First Transcontinental Railroad spawned four articles (between 2014 and 2019). In addition, a memoir piece, "Growing Up in a Railroad Vacuum" was published in Railroad Heritage (in 2017), and one on New Mexico's last active semaphores in Railroad History (in 2019).

In 2020 Koenig collaborated with two historians and two artists on a project, Hoosier Lifelines: Environmental and Social Change Along the Monon (1847-2020), which produced an exhibit seen in Bloomington and New Albany (Indiana) in 2021. A journal article on the history of railroads in Traverse City, Michigan, will be published this fall in The Double A. Click here for an abridged CV.

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