I have always felt a restless, unremitting drive to explore the world around me and its impact on the world within.
- Richard Speedy
Richard Speedy grew up in Princeton, NJ and his passion for photography began when he was given his first camera at age 6. Many of the earliest photos in the family scrapbook show him with a Kodak Brownie hanging around his neck. As the pages turn, he disappears more and more from view as he takes his place behind the lens of the family camera.
When he was eight years old, he was making still life images in his bedroom with his Kodak Brownie Hawkeye flash camera. These were mostly dioramas of imaginary and far-off places, along with studies of specimens he gathered from his explorations of the outside world.
After graduating from Princeton High School, Richard studied at The New York Institute of Photography and later, The Brooks Institute of Photography, where he majored in film-making before switching to still photography.
At times, the pictures look like storybook images, as in one photograph of mushrooms with their long stalks and umbrella caps amidst a blur of plants, they are creatures of another world."
The New York Times
In 1972, he relocated to New York City where he worked as an assistant to many of New York’s emerging advertising photographers, shooting everything from fashion, to still-life, to automobiles. It was here that began to find his own voice in terms of visual expression. He received recognition for this work in the form of two artist fellowships, one of which allowed him to continue working in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
In 1980, with photographer Toby Richards, he opened Richards & Speedy Studio where their team produced many award-winning images for clients that included Sony, J&J, Benetton, Mobil and Lenox. Since then, Richard has pursued a wide variety of subjects and imaging possibilities both in the studio and in the world at large.
A sample of his projects can be viewed in the Galleries section of this website.
Fascinated by Mexico and the U.S. Southwest, Richard has lived for extended periods in Sonora, Mexico and Taos, New Mexico.
He currently resides in Hopewell, NJ.
Working on the Dancing Under The Moon Project in Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico, 1995.