Richard White lives in the North East Victorian town of Mansfield. He has been involved in photography for over 30 years. What began as a hobby has turned into a lifelong passion. Basically a self taught photographer, although in the early years, Richard attended many workshops to better his craft. His work has been influenced by some of the giants of photography, but mainly Ansel Adams, Morley Baer & Brett Weston. Not only their photography, but their philosophy and approach to life.
He writes regular articles for a national photography magazine, Better Photography and occasionally for international magazine Silvershotz. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers ( AIPP ) and past Victorian President of that organization as well as being a Federal and State Judge at the Annual AIPP photography awards that are held around the country.
Over the last 10 years Richard has won more than 40 silver awards and a gold award at the Victorian and Australian AIPP National Photography Awards.
· 1985 to 1997 ran a photographic Studio in Benalla, Victoria.
· 1995 began The Art of Photography Workshop program teaching workshops at his studio and darkroom in Mansfield and at locations around the state as well as interstate and overseas.
· 1997 he was awarded his Associateship with the A.I.P.P.
· 2001 he became a Master of Photography with the A.I.P.P.
· 2003 he won the landscape section of the Victorian Professional Photography Awards.
· 2003 was awarded a Victorian Government Arts Council Grant to study photography in the USA.
· 2004 was a finalist in the Landscape section of the Victorian Professional Photography Awards.
· 2007 obtained a gold bar for continued excellence in Photography.
· 2010 Was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography.
· 2010 High Country Calendar awarded for excellence in content, design and printing.
· 2012 High Country Calendar awarded for excellence in content, design and printing.
· 2013 High Country Calendar awarded for excellence in content, design and printing.
He has exhibited locally and Statewide for several years and is known for his high quality photographs.
Each year he offers a large format Black and White calendar on the High Country, produces a range of black & white postcards and has worked on major documentary projects for television.
"Unfortunately photography has become too common. Is photography still an art form? For many it is difficult to take it seriously and to even consider that it could be used for artistic expression. It is the viewer who must make this decision. Do they see what the photographer is trying to convey through their images?"
"I have been asked why do I photograph? Well basically I am compelled to. It's as simple as that. I am always looking for the beauty in front of me. Trying to make images from my heart with technical information from my head. Trying to make a visual communication. Hopefully it will give others an appreciation of what is there and with luck it will elicit an emotional response from the viewer".