Rick Prelinger

b. Washington, DC; lives in San Francisco, CA
The Lives of Energy, 2010

Rick Prelinger, an archivist, writer and filmmaker, founded Prelinger Archives, whose collection of 60,000 advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur films was acquired by the Library of Congress in 2002 after 20 years’ operation. Rick has partnered with the Internet Archive to make 2,100 films from Prelinger Archives available online for free viewing, downloading and reuse.  Rick’s taught in the MFA Design program at New York’s School of Visual Arts and lectured widely on U.S. cultural and social history and on the cultural and social commons. With Megan Prelinger, he’s co-founder of the Prelinger Library , an appropriation-friendly private research library that’s open to the public, located in downtown San Francisco.

Rick Prelinger. Image courtesy of the artist.