Richard W J Koh is a Singaporean photographer who considers photography a mystical art where one harvests light which comes from Above. Since Richard’s early years to today, his keen eye and mind for design, mechanics and aesthetics is evident in his photography and work, notably without relying on gimmicks or special effects.
Although Richard holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (doing a thesis on biomechanical design of spinal implants) and contributed to three design patents in just three years at HP (Singapore), he made a mid-career switch in 2003, from R&D engineering to photography. This unusual career move was featured on TV.
Richard’s photographs have been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Dhaka, Hong Kong, Singapore, and they have represented Singapore at ASEAN Day in Bangkok. Since the late 1990s, he has received multiple international photo competition awards, including several from International Photography Awards and Prix de la Photographie, Paris. One of his rare photos using light painting was featured in National Geographic Magazine.
Richard’s clients range from the government to Fortune Global 500 MNCs to editorial clients from around the world. He has photographed Emmy Award winning director Gale Edwards for Sony, Michael Bolton in concert for the Handa Foundation and the Sandcrawler Building interior for George Lucas. In the air, Richard has photographed urbanscapes and landscapes from various aircraft in various countries. The landmark book Over Singapore launched in July 2015 contains extensive rare aerial photos of Singapore taken by Richard. Most of the time, he is sought after to produce impressive authentic photographs of real subjects for various corporate, editorial and content marketing purposes.
Currently based in Singapore, Richard runs Amaranthine Photos, mainly focusing on architectural, corporate, industrial, aerial, editorial and fine art photography. On and off assignments, Richard is on the lookout for the next rare, real, remarkable and hard-to-replicate photograph.