“Without dreams there can be no courage, and without courage there can be no action”. - Wim Wenders
Tim Richmond is an English photographer who graduated at London College of Printing in film and photography. For over 25 years Richmond photographed for international publications including L’Uomo Vogue, Vanity Fair, Telegraph Magazine, World of Interiors, GQ, andNowness.
After intensely studying cinema, Richmond discovered his “colour palette” through the application of a cinematographers’ device, where the hand processed negative retains some silver, yielding a unique subtle de-saturation in the prints. The methodical hand printing is a heartfelt, poetic process, guided by colour memories of the moment that the shutter clicked.
For the last decade he has concentrated on two long-term documentary projects. The first of which, Last Best Hiding Place (2007-2014) was published in 2015 with Lehrer Heidelberg. The second Love Bites was exhibited at Francesca Maffeo Gallery in September 2018.
"Last Best Hiding Place, explores the texture of life in the American High Plains—the tough, sparsely populated landscape of Wyoming and Montana. These pictures are both fresh and true. In looking at this region in a genuinely novel way, he makes pictures that get to the heart of the emotional tenor of the place, and is consistently able to tease out vital truths from the most “commonplace” subject matter. This is his special skill." Keith F. Davis, Senior Curator of Photography, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
“In Love Bites the difference between harmony and violence can be quite marginal. One of the most striking aspects of this show however is when Richmond inverts, subverts or contradicts these very juxtapositions within the same image. This is the case in the image of a transsexual woman shooting a rifle on a beach while wearing a short dress and plateau shoes. The otherworldliness of the image is neatly undermined by the fact that the dress and the landscape are almost perfectly matched in colour. It becomes quite apparent throughout this body of work that Richmond ‘plays’ with colour, constructing elaborate settings that are full of tension and that push and pull against each other much like the tide rises and falls in the Bristol Channel”. Photomonitor – Marco Bohr
The photographs in Love Bites are informed by a strong sense of documentary realism, the finishing touches and style leaning towards the cinematic, taking cues from British Realist filmmakers such as Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Last Resort, Shane Meadows’ This is England.
Richmond’s prints are housed in many private collections and his work has been exhibited in a range of shows that include Brugge Photo Festival, Rencontres d'Arles, Grimaldi Gavinand Musee de l'Elysee. He has also been published widely in The Guardian, Nowness, Photomonitor, GUP Magazine, Another Magazine and Raw View Magazine.