Nikon Photo Contest 2016 - 2017 Judge

Olivier Richon

Dean of the School of Photography programme at the Royal College of Art (RCA)

1. Shoot first, think later
2. Less is more


Olivier Richon was born in Lausanne in 1956.

He studied at the Polytechnic of Central London where he graduated with a BA (Hons) in Film and Photographic Arts in 1980 and a Masters of Philosophy in 1988.

Since 1997, he is Head of the Photography programme at the Royal College of Art, and became a Professor in 2006. His topics include allegory, the still life and the representation of animals. He is researching the relation between the eye and other sense impressions; photography and literature; temporality and narrative forms in the still and the moving image.

His work has been exhibited internationally since 1980 and is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Arts Council of England; Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris; Museum Folkwang, Essen; National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Brooklyn Museum, New York; National Gallery of New South Wales, Australia; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Weltkulturen Museum , Frankfurt; Tate Britain, London; Fondazione Fotografia, Modena.

A monograph of his photographic works, Real Allegories is published by Steidl Verlag (2006) . Punks, in collaboration with Karen Knorr, is published by Gost Books (2013). He is represented by Ibid. London.

Recent exhibitions include Literary Images, Circuit, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Lausanne (2016).Youth Codes, Materia Gallery, Rome (2016). North European Photography, Fondazione Fotografia, Modena (2015). Anima Mundi, and Lust Gallery, Vienna (2015). Ware & Wissen, or the stories you would not tell a stranger, Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt (2014). Punks, in collaboration with Karen Knorr, Ibid. Gallery, London (2014). Acedia, Ibid. Gallery, London (2013). Another London, Tate Britain (2012). Teaching Photography, Museum Folkwang Essen (2010).

Recent publications include The Indifferent, On Antoine Watteau and Taste, E.R.O.S. Journal, London. Research, Knowledge and Fantasy, in Vosicht Wagnis, Braunschweig University of the Arts 2013; the editorship of Photography and Literature, a special issue of the journal Photographies, volume 4, 2011 (Routledge); The Sophist and the Photograph, in Philosophy of Photography issue 1, 2010 (Intellect Journals).

He is currently completing a book on one photograph by Walker Evans, Kitchen Corner, Alabama 1936, for the One Work series of Afterall Books.