German photographer Richard Walch started out over 25 years ago shooting snowboarding and skiing, and now specialises in dramatic action shots of snow and water sports. He was 16 when photography became a passion and at the age of 18 he started shooting for magazines professionally.
At the age of 26 his journeys to the best mountain spots were published in a book called ‘Fascination Snowboarding’. Ten years later he published his second book, this time about „the German dream of the Americas Cup.“ Overnight Walch was asked to shoot ‘the premier league’ in sailing and a year later became the official team photographer for the first German Americas Cup Team. Walch became fascinated by the power of water and wind and tries to shoot water like snow. „With a fresh eye to the sport and with a bag full of motivation, I soon found myself at the heart of the sailing community.”
For the last five years Walch has produced a calendar called ‘The Art of Sailing’. The calendar is printed on foil and has a strong layout. It won the Kodak Photo Prize as well as Gold and Silver at the International Calendar Show in Germany. Walch also shoots advertising and editorial work for companies such as Head, Elan, Oakley and Tommy Hilfiger as well as major brands such as Apple, Velux, Audi and BMW.
Handball is one of the fastest indoor sports and has become the next adventure for Walch. “As the lead photographer for the Velux5oceans round the world sailling race, Velux asked me to bring my style of photography to Handball – their latest sponsorship.” It turned into a two-year project for Walch and the European Handball Federation published a book about the project, featuring his photographs, in 2011.
Since 2008 Walch has diversified from stills into shooting HD movie projects with Canon EOS DSLRs, including TV adverts and commercial projects. He is always on the move to find out what technology has to offer and how this can influence his photography and filming in a positive way.
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