Chris Richardson has been taking photographs since the early ‘70’s when, having left the London College of Printing he worked as an assistant before starting out shooting fashion for magazines such as ‘Honey’ ‘Vanity Fair’ (UK) and ‘Cosmopolitan’. He relocated to the USA for a period where he worked as a stills photographer for MGM studios.
Returning to the UK he set up the first of several London studios specialising in product photography and studio-built kitchen interior sets before moving on to what is now called ‘lifestyle’ photography. His commissions varied, from Cadbury’s chocolate and Whiskas cat food to fashion accessories, shoes and hats. He also did time on the Rock ’n Roll circuit photographing bands for NME, Melody Maker, band agencies and record labels.
Having changed the way people looked at Hi Fi and electronics in the late ‘80’s by turning a mundane black box into an exciting and unexpectedly angled object, he was courted by many manufacturers and magazines to work this magic for them.
He continued to take commissions from T3 Magazine, Home Entertainment HiFi Choice and Vogue Interiors photographing the homes of the rich and occasionally famous, focusing on newly fashionable lifestyles, designs and technology.
As his innovative style began to be copied by other photographers, he moved onto other fields, taking portraits of media personalities for both TV and Radio Times and the weekend supplements before beginning a period of travelling in Asia and the US, making images for photographic libraries.
He has exhibited his personal work throughout the country including several exhibitions at the Photographers Gallery in London where he won praise by the great Helmut Newton, an accolade that he relishes with great pride.
He has recently vacated his studio in east London, and spends more time away taking pictures abroad and renting studios for his current freelance assignments. He still shoots interiors.
In between time spent restoring an old farm house in southern France, he is currently participating jointly on a book about Battersea Power Station and a new collection of limited edition digital prints to be exhibited shortly.
All photographs on this website can be purchased. Many of them as limited editions. Please e-mail the photographer for prices. An on line shop will be opening soon.