Richard Jones

I use photography to focus on people.  I aim to show how they’ve been affected by and effect,  society and their surroundings.

My most recent projects look at the effect of the pandemic on society.  “The Crossing”  (Tokyo + London) explores the daily commute. While “Flora-10101” (funded by Arts Council of Wales) explores the “digital interface”,  with respect to society’s embracing of the natural world through-out the pandemic.

The “CoalFace” explores how the working environment affects the physiognomies of the workforce. “The Car. The Future. Me” begins to examine how technological change and data impacts our physical and social environment.

I work with environmental portraiture, full 3-d portraiture (photogrammetric portraiture) parallax (2.5-d), “talking portraits”, video, recorded voice and environmental sound.

I am increasingly drawn to explore our environments and physiognomies at the transition point, the area of ambiguity, the point where the natural and digital worlds collide.

I am based and was brought-up in Wales. I spent twenty years, until 2012, living in Hong Kong and Tokyo whilst working on documentary photography projects in Asia.

In China I explored the effect Government policy had upon different communities. This included the communities affected by the Three Gorges Dam along the Yangtze River, communities of farmers in Guangdong and also those affected by the One Child Policy.


  • “The Crossing” (prints and audio-visual installation with music by Phil Reeve) – part of group exhibit at the Pie Factory Margate,  August 28th – 31st, 2020
  • “The Car, The Future, Me”,  Mixed media audio-visual installation, July 2019 until December 2020, British Motor Museum, Warwickshire, England  (soundscape composed by Phil Reeve)
  • “The Coal Face” part of Coal Cultures, Feb 2020, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales, UK
  • “The Coal Face”, 3-d portrait installation (Diffusion Festival 2019), 4th-April- 30th April 2019, Shift, Capitol Centre, Cardiff, Wales (soundscape composed by John Rea)
  • “The Coal Face”, 3-d portrait installation (Diffusion Festival 2019), 4th-April- 30th April, The Senedd (Welsh Assembly), Cardiff, Wales, UK
  • “Motor Mouths”, Digital Installation, May 2018, The British Motor Museum, Warwickshire, England, UK (soundscape composed by Phil Reeve)
  • “Remembering Elliot’s Miners”, Digital Installation, The Winding House Museum, Nov. 2017 – Nov. 2018, Wales, UK
  • “Energy+Notion”, Digital Installation, 2016 – 2017,  Newbridge Memo, Blackwood Miners Institute, Pontardawe Arts Centre, Wales, UK
  • “The Soul of Money” (4 x large prints included in group exhibit) 2016 – DOX Centre for Contemporary Arts, Prague, Czech Republic (Organ Trading in the Philippines)
  • “Undercover China”  – 2011, FCC, Hong Kong (China retrospective)
  • “Mother of the Disappeared” (single portrait), 2009, Smithsonian, New York, USA
  • “The Panda Factory”, 2008, FCC, Hong Kong (Giant Panda Breeding in China)



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


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 Magazine, The Independent Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine (Australia, France, UK, USA), El mundo, Life Magazine – Observer, Weekend (Guardian)


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