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, he has published articles in Railroad Heritage (2017), Railroad History (2019, 2023), Double A (2021), and the Quarterly Newsletter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society (2022). Along the way he contributed to an exhibit at Indiana University, Hoosier Lifelines, on the history of the Monon Railroad (2021).

Two pieces appeared digitally in July of 2022: City as Metaphor, a re-photography project on Brooklyn, was showcased on Pictorial List, an on-line photography magazine; concurrent with that, his article, See Change: A Memoir, was published on Lenscratch, a fine art photography daily. See his abridged CV.

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