Rick Gerharter was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA in 1952. Based in San Francisco, California, Rick Gerharter has been photographing for over twenty years with special emphasis on photojournalism and travel.
His photojournalism can be seen regularly in the Bay Area Reporter of San Francisco; and elsewhere in a wide variety of periodicals and newspapers, from The Economist and Newsweek to The Leather Journal and Whorezine. His photos are featured in several books: San Francisco´s Castro; Out in the Castro: Desire, Promise, Activism; Gay by the Bay: A History of Gay Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area; Witness the Love: Stories from the Heart of the AIDS Epidemic and Out in America; plus appearing in Unity: A Celebration of Gay Games IV and Stonewall; Uncommon Heroes, and several others.
Solo exhibits have included Capturing the Moment: The Photojournalism of Rick Gerharter ( GLBT Historical Society of Northern California), Havanna Panorama ( Mad Magda´s Russian Tea Room, San Francisco), Una Verdad de San Francisco ( Galeria de Arte 7, Habana, Cuba), HomoFoto San Francisco (Valley´s Woman Art Gallery, Fresno, California), Queer Pix (Josie´s Cabaret & Juice Joint, San Francisco) , Quiesoence-At Peace in the Park (Main Public Library, San Francisco)
His work is in the collection of the James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center of the San Francisco Public Library and the GLBT Historical Society of Northern California.