Craig Richards was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1955. In 1980 he moved to the Canadian Rockies where he has photographed those mountains ever since using large format (4x5) and medium format (120mm) film cameras combined with the traditional silver gelatin printing process to. Lured by mountains everywhere, and to the people who live in them, he has photographed indigenous mountain cultures in Africa, Europe and the Americas, including the Highland Mayan people of Guatemala. His photographs have been displayed in more than 50 solo exhibitions and 75 group exhibitions at public and private galleries and museums throughout the world. He is Curator of Photography at the Whyte Museum, Banff, Alberta, Canada, and has been an instructor at photography workshops in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Europe and Africa. In May, 2017, Craig will be inducted as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in recognition of his exceptional photography over several decades.
In 1995 Richards first book “Craig Richards – The Canadian Rockies” was published, presenting his passion for a mountainscape of exceptional power, strength and delicacy. In 2012, his second book “Composition in Stone, Photographs from the Canadian Rockies, Craig Richards”, was published by Folio Gallery Publishing, Scotia Bank. It beautifully conveys his ongoing passion and sense of place for this awe-inspiring landscape he calls home.
Since 1995 he has worked on numerous projects around the world with the Museo Nazionale Della Montagna (National Museum of the Mountains) of Torino (Turin), Italy. These projects include work produced in Canada(Canadian Rockies and Yukon), U.S.A (Alaska), Italy (Valle di Susa), Uganda (Rwenzori), Czech Republic (Teplice nad Metyji) and most recently Bolivia. He received commissions from the University of California Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy to photograph water related issues in Spain, Canada and Jordan. Photography is woven into all aspects of his life.