Since its inception 35 years ago, writers and lovers of language from around the world have flocked to the Key West Literary Seminar like the swallows of Capistrano. In a series of elegant black and white portraits, photographer Curt Richter has captured this fleeting yet persistent community. Famous writers are to be seen, yes – Margaret Atwood, William Gibson, Calvin Trillin, the list goes on – but also the volunteers, attendees and contract workers who play their role as well.

“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print.” – Mararet Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale, 1985.

Curt Richter is a former Artist in Residence at The Studios. The exhibition is presented on the occasion of the Literary Seminar’s 2017 gathering, and the recent publication of Richter’s book, Thousand Words: Portraits from the Key West Literary Seminar.

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Gallery Hours:

10AM – 4PM
Tue -Sat


533 Eaton Street


Curt Richter