Rick began taking pictures when he was nine. His first plastic camera served him well until it melted in the station wagon on a family road trip to the Grand Canyon. Rick has been shooting people, places and things ever since, with better hardware.
In 1985, after earning a degree in Visual Design from the University of California at Berkeley, Rick opened his first studio in Palo Alto in a warehouse that had been used by the police to store stolen cars. His first client was Apple. Since then, Rick has photographed and produced video worldwide for many of the world's best corporations (Tesla, Nike, Sony, Apple), graphic designers, industrial designers, ad agencies and magazines.
He has had several one-man exhibitions of his work from Asia, Europe, Cuba and Russia. He has won awards from Communication Arts, Graphis, and Print. His work has appeared in Life, Time, Graphis, Business Week, ID Magazine, Axis in Japan, and all the major European design magazines. Rick's book AppleDesign, authored by Paul Kunkel and published by Graphis, chronicles the history of design at Apple. Since it's publication, it has become a ubiquitous reference work in design studios around the world. Rick also photographed the iMac for iMac: Birth of the New, a book published by AXIS. Photographs from the book were included in the Communication Arts Photography Annual.
Rick finished his first full length documentary, Preventing Genocide, written by Dr. David Hamburg and Eric Hamburg. The film features world figures such as Desmond Tutu and Kofi Annan. Stanford University has created a dedicated, permanent site for the documentary and all interviews: http://lib.stanford.edu/pg
From 2017 to 2021 Rick was Chair of Photography and Professor at The Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. He has now returned to the Bay Area. In August 2022 Rick donated all of his commercial photography to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. The work will be archived permanently for use in exhibits and research.
In October 2022 'Darryl Jones: In the Blood' was released in theaters and streaming services. It is Rick's second documentary with Eric Hamburg, and tells the story of the Rolling Stones remarkable bass player. We did extensive interviews with musicians who have worked with Darryl, including the Stones who I was also able to photograph.
Rick is currently teaching photography at San Jose State University, where he earned his MFA in 2015, and De Anza College in Cupertino, CA. Rick is located in Menlo Park, CA.