Richard M. Ehrlich

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Richard M. Ehrlich
Head short rick.jpg
New York City
Alma materCornell University (1959)
OccupationUrological surgeon, University of California Los Angeles Emeritus Professor; Fine Art photographer
Years active1961-present

Richard M. Ehrlich is a surgeon and photographer. Born in New York City on March 12, 1938, he obtained a BA in 1959 from Cornell University, where he was a member of the Quill and Dagger society. He has been a professor and physician for over 40 years, and has been recognized as a fine art photographer.[1][2][3] The New York Times said his photographs "suggest ephemerality from a broader historical perspective" and that they "look like staged fantasies".[4]

Homage to Rothko


In 1963, he obtained his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, with an internship and surgical residency at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center followed by a residency in urology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center from 1965-1969. He served as a Major in the United States Air Force from 1969-1971.[3]

Forbidden Zone (Sperrgebiet) Namibia

He held a research Fellowship at the National Institute of Health sponsored by Columbia University in 1966-67 and a Senior Research Fellowship in 1969. He was admitted as a Fellow to the American College of Surgeons in 1974.[3]

Ehrlich held multiple teaching positions at the University of California School of Medicine from 1971, becoming a Professor Emeritus of Urology in 2012. He is certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Urology.[3]

He served as President of both the Society for Pediatric Urology in 1991 and American Academy of Pediatrics-Urology Section in 1993,[1] and was elected to membership in the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons in 1982.[5]


Ehrlich is a professional fine art photographer whose photographs are held in permanent collections of multiple museums, including:

His Holocaust Archives Series consists of photographs taken of the records of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, Germany, an archival center that houses sources for identifying and tracing the victims of the Holocaust. He was the first to gain permission to photograph these archives. The series was shown at the Craig Krull Gallery in Los Angeles in 2008, University at Buffalo, New York in 2009, and UCLA in 2010, and was the subject of an LA Times article.[3][6][15][16]

As a photographer, he has published six books and one portfolio: Namibia: The Forbidden Zone, Anatomia Digitale, The Other Side of the Sky, Reverie, Face the Music, Faces of Promise and Neogenesis.[9][17][18]

In 2012 he delivered a lecture at Annenberg Space for Photography as part of the Iris Nights Lecture Series.[19]


Ehrlich is president of Richard Ehrlich Family Foundation, a not-for-profit public charity under IRC Section 501(c)3 based in Malibu, CA.[20] Beginning in 2016, the Foundation has facilitated a series of exhibitions compiling the works of Robert Frank, Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947 - 2017, produced by Steidl.[21] The exhibit has been shown at Tisch School of the Arts, at New York University, University of California, Los Angeles in collaboration with Bergamot Station, University of California, Berkeley, The Tisch Library at Tufts University, Houston Center for Photography and Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon.[22][23][24][25][26][27]

Selected publications[edit]

Medical articles[edit]

  • Ehrlich, R.M., A. Gershman, and G. Fuchs. "Laparoscopic vesicoureteroplasty in children: initial case reports.” Urology 43.2 (1994): 255-261.
  • Ehrlich, R.M., A. Gershman, and G. Fuchs. "Laparoscopic renal surgery in children." The Journal of Urology 151.3 (1994): 735-739.
  • Rajfer, J., et al. "Hormonal therapy of cryptorchidism." New England Journal of Medicine 314.8 (1986): 466-470.
  • Smith, R.B., et al. "Bilateral renal cell carcinoma and renal cell carcinoma in the solitary kidney." The Journal of Urology 132.3 (1984): 450-454.
  • Ehrlich, R. M. et al. "Laparoscoopic Nephrectomy in a child: expanding horizons for laparoscopy in pediatric urology." Journal of Endourology 6.6 (1992): 463-465.
  • Ehrlich, R. M., et al. "Laparoscopic nephrectomy in a child: expanding horizons for laparoscopy in pediatric urology." Journal of Endourology 6.6 (1992): 463-465.
  • Lesavoy, M. A., et al. "Long-term follow-up of total abdominal wall reconstruction for prune belly syndrome." Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 129.1 (2012): 104e-109e.

Medical books[edit]

  • Smith R.B.H. and Ehrlich R.M.: Complications of Urologic Surgery: Prevention and Management, W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1990.
  • Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery of the External Genitalia: Adult and Pediatric. W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1999.

Photography books[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Find a UCLA Physician/Provider - Richard Ehrlich, MD". UCLA Health. UCLA Health. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  2. ^ University of California (System) (1976). University Bulletin: A Weekly Bulletin for the Staff of the University of California. Office of Official Publications, University of California. pp. 67–.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Dr. Richard M. Ehrlich Rejoins Full Time Academic Faculty". UCLA - Urology Department. UCLA. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  4. ^ JOHNSON, KEN. "A Celebration of Sand, in Vast Quantities or One Grain at a Time". The New York Times. The New York Times. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  5. ^ Emery Koltay (1986). Irregular Serials & Annuals: An International Directory. Bowker.
  6. ^ a b c d MUCHNIC, SUZANNE. "Richard Ehrlich photographs an archive of Holocaust cruelty". LA Times. LA Times. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Decoding Mimbres Painting: Ancient Ceramics of the American Southwest". Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  8. ^ a b Embracing the Art in Medicine: UCLA Urology’s Creative Side. UCLA Urology Update. UCLA. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Richard Ehrlich". Steidl. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  10. ^ "UCLA Library Special Collections". UCLA Library. UCLA Library. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  11. ^ Crew, Adrienne (23 August 2008). "Holocaust archive revealed through the lens of Richard Ehrlich". LAObserved. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  12. ^ "USC Shoah Foundation Collection" (PDF). Michigan State University Digital Multimedia Center. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Aestheticizing the Document: Richard Ehrlich's Photographic Inventories of Nazi Atrocities". Johnson Museum of Art. Johnson Museum of Art. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Rick Ehrlich | Neogenesis". Nazraeli Press. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Richard Ehrlich Holocaust Archives Series Photograph Collection". OAC. OAC. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  16. ^ Donovan, Patricia. "Powerful Portfolio of Nazi Archives by Photographer Richard Erhlich Coming to UB". University of Buffalo. University of Buffalo. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  17. ^ "Face the Music". Steidl. Steidl. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  18. ^ Ehrlich, Richard (28 September 2015). Face the Music. Göttingen, Germany: Gerhard Steidl Druckerei und Verlag. ISBN 9783869309668.
  19. ^ "Richard Ehrlich: Ansel Adams Would Have Loved Photoshop". Annenberg Space for Photography. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  20. ^ "Guidestar Profile, Richard Ehrlich Family Foundation". Guidestar. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  21. ^ "Robert Frank Books and Films 1947 - 2017: A Two-Week Pop-Up Show". Steidl. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  22. ^ "Robert Frank, Books and Films, 1947-2016". NYU. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  23. ^ "Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947 - 2016". UCLA. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  24. ^ "Robert Frank Books and Films, 1947-2017". Berkeley. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  25. ^ "Robert Frank Books and Films, 1947-2017". Tisch Library Tufts. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  26. ^ "Robert Frank Books and Films, 1947-2017". Houston Center for Photography. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  27. ^ "Robert Frank". Blue Sky Gallery. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  28. ^ Berlant, Tony (16 February 2017). "Decoding Mimbres Painting". Cognitive Archaeology. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 February 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2018.

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