Twenty eight times festival finalist, two time 2 BAFTA winner, five times Emmy Award winner, two times Kodak Vision Award winner.
With 35 years experience in documentary and wildlife film-making Richard has major photography credits for over 80 high-end television programmes, series, feature films and commercials ranging in scope and style from Peter Greenaway’s ‘A Zed and Two Noughts’ and the BBC features ‘Deep Blue’, ‘Earth’ and ‘One Life’ to ‘Attenborough in Paradise’, ‘Wild Africa’, ‘How the Earth Made Us’ and ‘Human Planet’.
Soon after turning freelance Richard worked for over two years on the groundbreaking landmark Attenborough series ‘Private Life of Plants’. Richard has since spent more than 25 years working alongside Sir David Attenborough.
In 2004 he was Director of Photography (DoP) for the highly acclaimed BBC series ‘Nile’, and his film ‘Chimps – The Dark Side’ was Britain’s biggest selling production of 2006.
I’ve spent half a lifetime in the rain forest canopy.
In 2010/2011 Richard was series director and DoP for a 13 part series ‘Wildest Africa’ and two five part series’ ‘Wildest India’ and ‘Wildest South America’ all for Discovery. He was also DoP for a third series of ‘The Monkey Thieves’. In 2012 Richard continued as Series Director and DoP on the ‘Wildest Strand’ with a ten part series for Discovery, ‘Wildest Islands’.
Richard’s more recent credits include, ‘Wonders of the Monsoon‘, ‘Attenborough’s Paradise Birds‘ and ‘Atlantic‘ for the BBC.
In 2014 Richard was DoP for a cinema feature about Colombia, it’s natural history, landscape and environmental issues. Released in September 2015 ‘Magia Salvaje’ has broken all box office records in Colombia selling more that 1.5 million seats in the first two weeks alone. In 2016 he released a follow-up cinema production, a Richard Kirby film, ‘Kingdom of the Butterflies’.
Richard’s most recent projects include opening up a tropical time-lapse and macro studio on the Caribbean island of Dominica and filming his latest work for the Netflix series ‘Our Planet‘ in partnership with the WWF.