The works, which were made during the late 1950s to 1980s, will be sold at Gray's Auctioneers on January 20. Richards created these vibrant visuals in his basement darkroom studio, using a developing process, that now has been replaced by digital image printing and enhanced photographic and design software.

The incredible collection at Gray's was discovered by Deba Gray, long forgotten in the basement studio of the artist's Cleveland, Ohio home. Richards' work is in the permanent collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

By day, William Richards worked as a creative director in Cleveland's dynamic advertising industry, winning numerous national awards for his advertising work. His nights and weekends were spent following his true passion for fine art photography. He even enlisted the help of his children's creativity to help give titles to some of his works.

Richards created a beautiful world of reflecting colors, using a simple low tech approach to achieve incredible visual results. His process continues to stump even the most seasoned photographers. Williams' simple technique did not distort the image in the lens, he simply captured the true reflection on a chromed, bent piece of metal, using found objects such as colorful holiday wrapping paper, colored lights and various gels, which were then suspended above the chromed surface. On some, he would isolate and capture the image, develop it and then manually manipulate and flip the images, to create a tiled or swirling, kaleidoscopic effect, as evident in his magnificent Assemblages Series. On others, he would capture a single, elegant reflection of ethereal colored shapes.

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