It is with a heavy heart that I am letting you all know of the sudden passing of one of Australia’s most highly regarded photographers and long-term member of the AIPP, Richard White FAIPP APPLM MPhotogI.
Richard passed away on the 7th of May from a heart attack at his home in Mansfield, Victoria, while being interviewed by one of the great landscape magazines ‘On landscape’ out of the UK.
From dear friend Mike Langford FNZIPP FAIPP APPL GMNZIPP GMPhotogIV:
Richard White was a very humble and private man with a huge heart and a very dry sense of humor.
He shared his knowledge through his photographic workshops, calendars, books and regular features in Better Photography.
In many ways, he is the father of Photographic workshops in Australia, taking clients into his beloved Victorian and New South Wales landscapes, to share his passion of both photography, life and the environment.
Using his large format 5″x 4″ camera and black & white film, his photographs are pure, hypnotic and serene. His work was described by many to be likened to Ansel Adams and Minor White – he was their Australian equivalent.
He subscribed to the belief that you need to be a master of the craft, before being able to express the art of the soul.
His work is the sublime expression of this philosophy – clean, studied and expressive. He taught many of us to slow down and to create studies of what we were photographing. To see, to understand and photograph with empathy.
This is something that will keep him in my mind and heart for the remainder of my life.
As a member of the photographic community and as a close friend of Richard, our deepest sympathy goes out to his family – his three sons Daniel, Sean and Lewis and his wonderful wife Jan, all of who he described as his reason for living.
Vale my good friend and fellow photographer, we will all miss you.