Doug Rickard (born 1968) is a North American artist and photographer.[n 1] He uses technologies such as Google Street View and YouTube to find images, which he then photographs on his computer monitor. His photography has been published in books, exhibited in galleries and held in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Rickard is best known for his book A New American Picture (2010). He is founder and publisher of the website on contemporary photography, American Suburb X, and the website These Americans which publishes some of his collection of found photographs.
Rickard was born in San Jose, California and brought up in Los Gatos in the San Francisco Bay Area. His father was a prominent pastor and many family members were preachers and missionaries, with a “very Reaganesque, patriotic view of America”, a country “special and unique”. Rickard studied United States history — slavery, civil rights — and sociology, at University of California, San Diego, and “lost his faith in this family vision. His adult view of America was a land not just of great achievement but also of massive injustice.” At age 12 he witnessed his father having a secret extramarital affair, that years later in 1988 he confessed to his congregation. Rickard says this experience prompted him “to look for the fault lines in the American dream.”