About Photographer Richard Jones

I am passionate photographer with over 25 years experience photographing “everyday people” and how they’ve been affected by society and the communities in which they live.

My most recent work involves mixing advanced forms of digital photography with sounds to create digital installations.

Between 1990 – 2012 I lived in Hong Kong, Tokyo and China.

I completed several portraits series, including: 600 Million Farmers, One Child Policy, Trafficked Women, Lost Boys / Mothers of the Disappeared,  Survivors of the Cultural Revolution.

In 2009 I recieved world press attention after being assaulted by Grace Mugabe and her body-guards in Hong Kong when working for the Sunday Times. I covered the Japanese Tsunami in 2011. The same year I was nominated (and highly commended) at the UK Press Awards for foreign reporter of the year.

I have completed portrait and documentary photographic projects for clients ranging from the LA Times to Le Figaro and for corporations including Exxon-Mobil and BNP Paribas. My pictures have appeared on the covers of magazines for media and corporations.

(Media until 2012 here).

I returned to the U.K. 2012 and transferred from print based media projects to experiment with advanced digital formats and presentation.

My digital installations mix time-lapse photography, 2.5-d parallax portraiture and image animations with interviews and sounds.

I have received funding from The Arts Council, Welsh Government, Cardiff University and Winding House Museum to produce installations related to Welsh miners.

The “Motor Mouths” mixed media digital installation, supported by The British Motor Museum and Arts Council England, tells the story of the UK’s changing automotive industry and partners with Bentley, Morgan and Vauxhall car manufacturers.

Motor Mouths engages with youths at the Factory Young People’s Centre.



  • Highly Commended, foreign reporter of the year, UK Press Awards – 2011 (highly unsual for a photographer – and still a surprise)
  • First Prize, trafficking of women in China, NPPA (National Press Photographers Association, U.S.) – 2009 – a series environmental portraits of women trafficked in China
  • Three First Prizes, Human Rights Press Awards (Asia), related to China’s One Child Policy,  between 2007 – 2011
  • POYi (Picture Of the Year Int.) Nomination, “World Understanding Award” for One Child Policy, China – 2010
  • Named “Media Man of the Year” by Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents Club – 2011


  • The Panda Factory, Hong Kong, 2008 (Giant Panda Breeding in China)
  • Mother of the Disappeared (single portrait), Smithsonian, New York, 2009
  • Undercover China  – Hong Kong, 2011 (China retrospective)
  • The Soul of Money (part of group exhibit) – DOX Centre for Contemporary Arts, Prague, 2016  (Organ Trading in the Philippines)
  • Energy+Notion, Digital Installation, 2016 – 2017,  Newbridge Memo, Blackwood Miners Institute, Pontardawe Arts Centre, Wales, UK
  • Remembering Elliot’s Miners, Digital Installation, The Winding House Museum, 2017 – 2018, Wales, UK
  • Motor Mouths, Digital Installation, opening May 1st 2018, then permanent display, The British Motor Museum, Warwickshire, UK


Work has been commisioned and published by newspapers and magazines worldwide including: Stern, Focus, Marian, Paris Match, Le Figaro, Le Point, L’Express, Courier Int, New York Times, L.A. Times, Boston Globe, Time, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, The Economist, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The South China Morning Post, The Independent Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine (UK, USA, France), El mundo, Life Magazine (Observer), Weekend (Guardian)

I have completed portrait and reportage assignments for corporations including Air France, Coke, Lloyd’s Register, Mobil-Exxon, Mitsui-Babcock, Chorus Steel and others.


e: richard[at]richardjonesphoto.com