Richard brings an artist’s eye to every photograph he takes – in advertising and editorial, fine art and his personal work.
His work has appeared in publications, including Vanity Fair, Harpers Bazaar UK, Vogue China, ESPN Magazine and Paper Magazine. He has shot campaigns for Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, Nike, Jenny Packham, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein. His fine art photography is in the private collections of Bill Clinton, Ralph Lauren, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Eisner and Anderson Cooper.
Phibbs’s portraits present subjects as varied as Meryl Streep and Rafael Nadal, Beyonce and Hillary Clinton, all with a poignant intimacy.
An experienced director, Phibbs has shot campaigns for Ralph Lauren and H&M. His visual sensibility gives his film work the same distinctive point of view that is his print trademark. His short film The Turkish Wrestler has been accepted in many prestigious film festivals and won best documentary short in the 2016 LAIFF and Hollywood Film festivals and best cinematography documentary for Madrid IFF 2017.
His book Rescue Me, published in Oct 2016 is a collection of portraits of shelter dogs and their heartwarming stories. His book The West, published in 2015, is a penetrating and personal view of the beauty and authenticity of the North American West and its people. Chasing Beauty, Phibbs’s first book, published in 2010, highlights a decade’s worth of personal work.
Phibbs is also a passionate advocate for animal rights. He has photographed more than 700 abandoned animals for the Humane Society of New York, in portraits that create an immediate emotional connection to the dogs and other animals. Phibbs also serves on the Board of Directors of the Humane Society and received one of the Humane Society of New York Humane Medals 2015 He was also voted one of RODALE 100, the definitive list of the 100 people and organizations positively impacting the world.
Born and raised in Canada, Phibbs received degrees from the University of Toronto and Parsons in New York.
He splits his time between London and New York City.