Richard W J Koh is a Singaporean photographer born in 1972. He considers photography a mystical art where “one harvests light which comes from Above”.
In 2003, despite having a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering and with three design patents to his name in just three years at HP (Singapore), he made a mid-career switch from R&D engineering to photography. This unusual career move was featured in the TV programme Career Blueprints in Jan 2007.
Richard’s photographs have been exhibited in Singapore, Dhaka, Bangkok, San Francisco and New York. He has received four awards from the New York Institute of Photography and two Honourable Mentions from PX3 2009 competition. Richard also garnered two First Places and two Honourable Mentions at International Photography Awards 2011 (by the Lucie Foundation). One of his photos was a Your Shot Readers’ Choice feature in National Geographic Magazine in Dec 2011. In the same year, his photos represented Singapore at the ASEAN Day photo exhibition in Bangkok.
Photographing on assignments since 1996, Richard’s major assignments were for clients such as Singapore’s Ministry of Education (since 2004), Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts, National Environment Agency, HP, Sony, Singapore Tourism Board, Johnnie Walker and Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore). His editorial work has appeared in Reader's Digest Asia, Discovery Channel Magazine and Aerospace Singapore. He has also taught photography at Objectifs and 3dsense Media School.
In the air, Richard has photographed from planes, helicopters, hot air balloons, covering areas in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia and Myanmar.
Richard is currently based in Singapore and runs Aerophotoworks, mainly focusing on aerial photography and photography for the aerospace industry. He is also the official photographer for Aerospace Singapore, a magazine by Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore).