Richard Kolker


E: richard (at), rkolker (at)

T: +44 (0)7970 194706,



Currently lives and works in London and Surrey.

He completed his MA in Photography with a Distinction at LCC, University of the Arts London and has since exhibited extensively, participating in group shows at the Aperture Gallery, NY, The National Portrait Gallery, London, Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne and “Voies Off”, Arles. In 2012 he was selected to present work at the Hyeres International Fashion and Photography Festival. Publications include ‘reGeneration: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today’ (Thames and Hudson), ‘Why Art Photography?’ by Lucy Soutter (Routledge) and 'Rethinking Photography' by P.Smith and C. Leffley (Routledge).


Richard has taught at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the BA (Hons) Digital Animation and Interactive Design course at Bucks New University, and currently a Senior Lecturer on the BA(Hons.) Photography degree course at the University of Portsmouth.


Commercial clients include Time Magazine, NY and Wallpaper* Magazine.



Winner, Klompching Gallery, New York, Fresh 2018

Shortlisted Rhonda Wilson Award 2018

Finalist Klompching Gallery, New York, Fresh 2016

Shortlisted for the Pullman/Wallpaper* Residency 2015

Shortlisted for the Vevey International Photo Award 2015

Selected for ESPY Photography Award 2014

Shortlisted for the Lucie Foundation Scholarship 2013, 2015

Selected to exhibit and present work at 27th International Festival of Fashion and Photography.2012, Hyeres, France

Selected for the Celeste Prize 2011

Shortlisted for the Bar Tur Award 2011

Shortlisted for Photolucida Critical Mass 2011

Shortlisted Lucie Foundation Scholarship 2011

Selected by the the Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne for reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today

Selected for “Voies Off 2009” Arles, France

Winner Photofusion Award 2008

Finalist National portrait Gallery Photographic Portrait Prize 2006

Finalist Schweppes Portrait Prize 2003, 2004

Association of Photographer’s Awards 2002, 2003, 2004


Public Speaking/Symposia

UAL, London College of Communication, April 2019

Falmouth University Artist’s Talk, March 2018 and Nov. 2018

“Hyperanalogue” The Photographer’s Gallery, London Nov. 2017

“Photography As Installation” LCC Artists Talk, Oct.2014

London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, “The Futures of Photography” symposium. Nov. 2012.

Photofusion Gallery February 2013.

The Photographer’s Gallery, London, “The Synthetic Photograph” March 2013.


Recent Exhibitions


Klompching Gallery, Brooklyn, New York City.

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London.


“Anonymous: Urban Life in Contemporary Photography”, Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne.


Members Group Show, Chelsea Arts Club, Old Church Street, London.


 “Photography As Installation” LCC Group Show, Oxford House, Bethnal Green, London.

Solo Show: Wallpaper Architectural Directory 2014. 2 Pancras Square, London.

ESPY Photography Award, Elysium Gallery, Swansea.


Ruoff Stiftung Schellingstraße 12, 72622 Nürtingen Germany

FourCorners Roman Road, Bethnal Green, London.

“reGeneration2”: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today, Rosphoto, St. Petersburg, Russia

AMPS Photofusion Annual Exhibition, London.


“Salon Art Prize” Matt Roberts Arts, Vyner Street, London.

“Religionis Violenta” West Bank Gallery, Westbourne Grove, London.

“The Gathering” Diemar Noble Gallery, Wells Street, London.

International Festival of Fashion and Photography 2012, Hyeres, France.


“reGeneration2” Aperture Foundation Gallery, New York

Forward Thinking Museum, curated by William A. Ewing and Nathalie Herschdorfer

“reGeneration2” Preus Nuseum Horten Norway

“ Right Here, Right Now” Exposures from the Public Realm, Format 11 Int’l Photography Festival Derby UK

“reGeneration2” Galerie Azzedine Alaia, Paris

“reGeneration2” Caochangdi Photospring Festival, Beijing

“reGeneration2” Rencontres Internationales de la Photo, Fez

“reGeneration2” Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art Budapest

“reGeneration2” Galleria Carla Sozzani Milan Italy


“Crash Open” Charlie Dutton Gallery London

“reGeneration2” Centre Gallery Miami Dade College Miami

“Reduction” London Photomonth10 NO:ID Gallery London

“reGeneration2” Flash Forward Festival Toronto

“reGeneration2” Pingyao International Photography Festival Pingyao China

 “reGeneration2” Michaelis School of Fine Art Cape Town South Africa

”reGeneration” Arles France

Host Gallery Group Show London

“reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today Musee de l’Elysee Lausanne Switzerland

“Sight, Unseen” Photofusion Gallery London


“Oplulence” Photomonth09 Photospace Gallery London

“Out of Time” Photomonth09 Photospace Gallery London

“Voies Off”, Arles, France.

“I Always Knew You’d Come Back” Latitude GroupShow, Photo-Festivals, Format 09 Int’l Photography Festival, Derby.

“Love and Hope” Oblong Gallery, London N1.


Work is in the following collections

Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, South Africa.

Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania.



British Journal of Photography September 2012

British Journal of Photography July 2010

Image Magazine March 2005

Featureshoot April 2011


Academic Journals and Books

“Rethinking Photography”,P. Smith and C. Lefley, Routledge 2016.

“Why Art Photography”, Lucy Soutter, Routledge 2013.

Photographies Journal Vol.2 issue 2 September 2009.