As a journalist I have covered stories all over the world, from Yellowknife in Canada, to the African continent, the tiny island of Mog Mog in the Pacific, the Antarctic circle, Libya and North Korea. There have been vast oceans and jungles in between. My assignments, one of which has resulted in being awarded a prestigious UK Press award for foreign reporting – receiving an unprecedented six pages in the Daily Mail – have included wars all over the world, among them the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor. Photos I have taken have been used in magazines and exhibitions, the latest image, of a homeless couple, going on massive display in Sydney’s Hyde Park. My 34 books encompass fiction, true crime and general non fiction. MeNorthKorea copy

Me on Assignment in North Korea

My latest crime book is the astonishing blackmail attempt of the BMW heiress, entitled The Gigolo, the Heiress and the Blackmail plot [book review link here]. My most recent ‘general’ book is about the dark side of the island of Bali (published December 2017 by New Holland).

Somebody once called me The Fastest Pen in the West – so if you need a professional writing or photography job, get in touch!

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Playing a few holes on the Kabul Golf Course – Luckily it Didn’t Cost Me an Arm and a Leg

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Richard on assignment on a Fijian island (click photo for more pics)

Recently I received an encouraging review of my black and white images by a judge at the respected LensCulture organisation who said of my pictures:

‘It is delightful to encounter work that is both visually intelligent and whimsical. It is clear from the images that you enjoy the formal qualities of the black and white image and that you are a sensitive observer of human behaviour and the environment.’ Referring to my ‘strong graphic sense’, the judge said my images ‘remind me of Kertez, Cartier-Bresson and early Winogrand.’  To be mentioned in the same breath, so to speak, as such masters is an overwhelming compliment.

Here’s one of my images, which went on display in an exhibition in Sydney’s Hyde Park last year:

 

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