Metro Opens at Blue Sky Gallery

Despite the chilly temperatures and predictions of an impending freezing-rain storm, almost five hundred people stopped by the opening night reception of my Metro exhibition at the Blue Sky Gallery on January 5. The show includes over thirty images from Metro project which documents people interacting with one another in mass transit systems on four continents. Thanks to everyone at Blue Sky for doing a wonderful job presenting the work.

I’ll be giving slideshow and talk about this project at 3 pm Saturday, January 28, and doing a book signing for my monograph Metro: Scenes from an Urban Stage. The exhibition will continue through January 29. The gallery will be open from 10am – 6pm on Friday and Saturday and Sunday from noon – 5pm.

Singular/Signature Exhibition at The Center for Fine Art Photography

I’m delighted that my photo A Sabbath Prayer was selected by juror Alyssa Coppelman for the Singular/Signature Exhibition at the Center for Fine Art Photography. The Exhibition will be on display at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins from March 3 – April 1, 2017, with an Artists’ Reception on March 17, 2017

A Sabbath Prayer

This image is from my project The New Promised Land which documents Los Israelitas, an evangelical sect living along the banks of the Amazon River. This project was featured in LensWork #117. This project was a finalist in the PhotoWorld 2014 Exhibition, and received Honorable Mention in the 2014 ND Awards. It was on display at the Davis-Orton Gallery, and publicized in FeatureShoot and The Independent and The Daily Mail.

La Fiesta de la Virgen de Guadelupe

Thanks to Christy Karpinski for including four images from my project documenting La Fiesta de la Virgen de Guadalupe in F-Stop Magazine Group Exhibition Issue 80.

In the Capillia del Cerrito
Statues and Portraits
Touches of Devotion
Pilgrims on their Journey

In the Capillia del Cerrito

Statues and Portraits

Touches of Devotion

Pilgrims on their Journey

This celebration occurs every year on December 12 when millions of faithful converge on the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City. According to legend, the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego, a recently converted indigenous peasant, in December 1531 on a hill above the site. Pilgrims arrive carrying candles, flowers, and statues or framed depictions of the Virgin. Many people make the final arduous approach to the shrine on their knees in order to thank the Virgin for answered prayers or to ask her for additional miracles.

Six images from were previously featured in the F-Stop Magazine Issue #65 Group Exhibition.

I’m looking forward to returning to photograph the Fiesta again this year.

Talk at Portland Photographers’ Forum

I’m looking forward to speaking at the Portland Photographers’ Forum meeting at 6:30 PM on Monday, September 19, at the Multnomah Arts Center. During my slide presentation, I’ll discuss my artistic vision, my thoughts on candid photography, and my approach to editing, processing and sequencing images. I’ll also talk about the preparation of my Daylight Books monograph Metro: Scenes from an Urban Stage, and signed copies will be available for purchase. The Multnomah Arts Center is located at 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR.
Thanks to Carol Isaak and Michael O’Brien for arranging my visit.
Metro Cover 8x10

SDN Fine Art of Documentary Honorable Mention

I’m honored that my series Holy Week in Guatemala was awarded Honorable Mention in the SDN Fine Art of Documentary Competition. This project documents the moving traditions of Holy Week that were brought from Spain to Guatemala in the 17th century. These photos were taken in and around Antigua, Guatemala, in 2015 and 2016. This series was featured in Slate and F-Stop Magazine. It was also a Photolucida Critical Mass 2015 Finalist and a Px3 Competition 2015 Bronze Award Winner. Ten prints from this series are on display in the Blue Sky Gallery Pacific Northwest Viewing Drawers in Portland, OR, through March 2017.

Bearing the Burden
Bearing the Burden

The Social Documentary Network is a website for people who believe that documentary photography is crucial for educating people on a variety of topics, and it has numerous compelling online exhibits submitted by photographers from around the world. Jurors for the competition were: Barbara Ayotte: Senior Director of Strategic Communications, Management Sciences for Health; Jeff Campagna: Associate Photo Editor, Smithsonian Magazine; Alicia Colen: Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY; Chelsea Matiash: Deputy Multimedia Editor, TIME; Andrea Meislin: Director, Andrea Meislin Gallery, NY; Kurt Mutchler: Senior Photo Editor for Science, National Geographic magazine; Molly Roberts: Chief Photography Editor at Smithsonian Magazine; Glenn Ruga: Founder and Director, Social Documentary Network and Executive Editor of ZEKE magazine.

Isadora Kosofsky was the winner of the competition, and three other honorable mentions were Annika Haas, Keith Harmon Snow, and David Verberckt. Eleven additional finalists include Dario De Dominicis, Ian Flanders, Pierpaolo Mittica, Gabriel Romero, Ryogo Shioda, Karen Sparacio, Carol Allen Storey, MaryLou Uttermohlen, Jan Zychlinski, Alex Scott, Ilana Panich-Linsman. Congratulations to everyone for their wonderful documentary work.

Press Coverage and Accolades for Metro

I’m thrilled that my Daylight monograph Metro: Scenes from an Urban Stage has received extensive press coverage and accolades since its release in May 2016. It was named as one the best photography books of Summer 2016 by American Photo Magazine.

In the past two months, Metro has also been featured in articles in The Daily Mail UK, ABC NEWS, PDN Online, American Photo Magazine, Business Insider, Amateur Photographer, F-Stop Magazine Book Review, L’Oeil de la Photographie, The Plaid Zebra, Lionel Tracks, Flavorwire, and Fubiz.


To purchase a signed copy of Metro: Scenes from an Urban Stage directly from me for $45 with free shipping in the USA, please click the Buy Now button below to be taken to a secure page where you can order with PayPal or Credit/Debit cards. You may also indicate on the order page if you would like a personal greeting above my signature. For shipping outside of the USA, please contact me before placing an order. Thank you!

“This book is part of a great legacy of photographic work that has been produced about subway passengers … This is something to see, to ponder, and to cherish.”

— Ed Kashi from his Foreword

“Raucher’s focus is not the dramatic actions that usually capture our consciousness and newspaper headlines. He’s not a subway Weegee. He’s drawn towards moments internal and intimate, quiet and quotidian, interactions startling only in how universally commonplace – how human – they are, in how the very publicness of riding a subway can give way to moments of intimacy at all.”

— Marlaine Glicksman from her Essay

2016 Blue Sky Pacific Northwest Viewing Drawers

Ten prints from my series Holy Week in Guatemala will be on display in the 2016 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers at the Blue Sky Gallery Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts. This series was recently featured in Slate and was also a PX3 Competition Bronze Award Winner and a Critical Mass 2015 Finalist.

The exhibition was juried by Katherine Ware, curator of photography at the New Mexico Museum of Art. The opening reception will be on Thursday April 7, 2016, from 6-9 pm as part of the Portland Photo Month, and the exhibition will be on display through March 31, 2017. The Blue Sky Gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday from 12-5 PM and on First Thursdays 6-9 PM, and is located at located at 122 NW 8th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209.

I was also honored to have prints from my series Life on the Streets of Cuba will be on display in 2015 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers, my series Avoid Naples! in the 2014 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers, and my series Return to New York in the 2012 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers.

Holy Week in Guatemala featured in Slate

Thanks to David Rosenberg for featuring ten images from my series Holy Week in Guatemala in Slate Behold. All of these images were captured in Antigua during Semana Santa in 2015. The Slate article was published while I was on a return trip to Guatemala to photograph during the 2016 celebrations.

Ten prints from this series will also be on display from April 7, 2016 through March 31, 2017 in the 2016 Pacific Northwest Viewing Drawers at the Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR.


I plan assemble a portfolio for my website combining images from both years soon.

Metro at SF Camerawork

I was thrilled to give a talk at the Daylight Books Spring 2016 launch event at San Francisco Camerawork last week where my book   Metro: Scenes from an Urban Stage   was unveiled.

Metro Talk SFC
Photo by Taj Forer

After spending countless hours riding and photographing on metro systems around the world during the past eight years, followed by months of editing and sequencing of images for the book, and making numerous design decisions, it was wonderful to finally hold the completed monograph in my hand. The 88 page hardbound 8 by 10 inch book contains fifty images from metros in fifteen cities on four continents. It includes a wonderful foreword by Ed Kashi and a compelling essay by Marlaine Glicksman. The graphic design by Ursula Damm is simultaneously classic and unique. The beautiful duotone printing was done by Ofset Yapimivi in Istanbul on Magno matt paper. I’m very grateful for all of the help and encouragement I received from my friends and everyone at Daylight Books. I’m extremely pleased with this book turned out, and I hope that you will agree.

If you would like to purchase a signed copy of Metro: Scenes from an Urban Stage directly from me for $45 with free shipping in the USA, details are here. If you’re outside of the USA, please contact me for shipping costs before ordering.


Northwest Fine Arts Exhibition

I’m delighted that my print In the Shadow of Mary from my award-winning series Holy Week in Guatemala was selected for the 2015 Northwest Fine Arts Competition Exhibition at the Phinney Center Gallery. The show will run from October 1-30 with an opening reception on Friday, October 9, from 7 to 9 pm.
2015 PX3 03
In the Shadow of Mary

The exhibition features painting, photography and sculpture by regional artists Becky Birinyi, Clint Ceder, Ken Coleman, Connie Fu, Nelda Hanson, Bill Hodge, Susan Lally-Chiu, MiYoung Margolis, James McFarlane, Susan K. Miller, Stan Raucher, Yan Ren, Stacy Rosevear, Miya Sukune, Katie Twiss, Robert Williamson, and Jeff Wilson.

The gallery is located in the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6332 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103. Phone 206 783 2244. The gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9 am to 10 pm and Saturday 9 am to 2 pm.