Nan Richardson has worked as an editor, writer, and curator for over twenty years, on nearly two hundred book titles, at Aperture, Random House, and Chanticleer Press, as well as with museums and small publishers in the United States and Europe, including DIA, The Renaissance Society, The Milwaukee Art Museum, the Musee d'Orsay, and The Victoria and Albert.
She founded an artistic, socially conscious, and photojournalism-oriented publishing company called Umbrage Editions (formerly a packager known as Umbra and specializing in visual books) in 1991, and has published nearly seventy books under the imprint. Among the recent titles are: Pandemic: Facing Aids, Anthony Fry, Speak Truth to Power, Louise Dahl Wolfe: A Retrospective, Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, RFK Funeral Train, Havana: The Revolutionary Moment, Raising The Bar: New Horizons in Disability Sport, Green Card Stories, and A Girl and Her Room.
Ms. Richardson has written for a variety of periodicals including The Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Boston Review of Books, Stern, Granta, The Massachusetts Review, Allure, Interview, Art News, Artforum, Art & Auction, Art and Antiques, Art in America, Journal of Art, and Mother Jones. She is the former editor of Aperture and has lectured and taught widely on photography and bookmaking.
Richardson has also curated a number of photographic exhibitions, often in conjunction with publications, including Pandemic: Facing Aids Speak Truth to Power, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Lillian Bassman, an exhibition on global human rights titled The Pursuit of Happiness, American Hollow, and Havana: The Revolutionary Moment. She lives in New York City with her husband Andrew Karsch, a film producer.