Richard Phibbs

Director, Photographer

Richard Phibbs 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 major publications worldwide, including Harper’s Bazaar UK, Japan, Spain and Saudi Arabia, Greek Vogue, Vogue China, Vanity Fair, GQ Russia. He has shot campaigns for Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Thom Browne, Banana Republic, Nike, Wolford, Tommy Hilfiger, Tumi and Jaeger-Lecoultre. 

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 Bernard Henri Levy, Grace Jones and Hilary Clinton, all with a poignant intimacy.

An experienced director, Phibbs has shot campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, Thom Browne, and Wolford among others. 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 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 a passionate advocate for animal rights. He has photographed more than 700 abandoned animals for the Humane Society of New York. In October 2023 -he photographed portraits of over 100 dogs for Takis Shelter in Crete, Greece. A poignant portrait always helps the dog find a forever home more quickly.

Currently, Phibbs is working on several book projects and a collaboration with The Sheldrick Trust in Kenya, furthering their mission of rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned elephants and rhinos. 

Born and raised in Canada, Phibbs received degrees from the University of Toronto and Parsons in New York. He splits his time between Barcelona and New York City.

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