Prior to his photography career, Richard Kagan was a woodworker. After apprenticeships in New York City and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and followed by a position as Shop Supervisor at Philadelphia College of Art under Daniel Jackson, he opened his own workshop in 1972 on South Street in Philadelphia. The following year, he opened the Richard Kagan Gallery as an exhibition space for his own work and that of nationally prominent furniture makers. The gallery is credited as having been the first of itís kind in the United States.

Using domestic and exotic hardwoods from around the world, Kagan designed and made mostly residential furniture on commission. His furniture was exhibited in museums and art institutions throughout the US. By 1982, Kaganís output was severely limited as a result of an operation related to the chronic back condition which ultimately forced the closing of his workshop in 1987. The same year he resigned from ten years of teaching woodworking and furniture design at Philadelphia College of Art/University of the Arts and cast his lot to begin a new career.

The following photographs are but a small sampling of Kaganís furniture during the period 1970-82. Time was short and regrettably, most of the work was never photographed.

All photographs and furniture Copyright © Richard Kagan, 2014 All rights reserved.