Richard Steven Street is an academically-trained historian, fluent in the commercial and journalistic idioms, who deliberately veered from the anointed path in order submerge in the contemporary side of the fields and subjects that are his special passion and expertise.

He is trying to carry on, extend, and amplify the work of Dorothea Lange, only in color, perhaps with a harder visual edge, keep alive the tradition of documentary and concerned photography at a time when it seems in eclipse, and apply it through substantial works that focus on all facets of the ever-changing environment in rural California