about the author

Richard SimpkinRichard Simpkin has been working as a photographer internationally for 25 years.

He started out as a starstruck teenager candidly snapping photos of his idols which lead to him meeting rock ‘n’ roll superstar Michael Hutchence. Michael took the then teenager under his wing and allowed him to practice his photography on him.

He has met & photographed thousands of celebrities such as: Nelson Mandela, Audrey Hepburn, Michael Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt, U2 & Taylor Swift.

With over five thousand celebrity selfies to his name, Richard is credited with having one of the worlds largest celebrity selfie collections.

His photographic exhibition, Richard & Famous, has been shown in art galleries around the world. In 2013, he was nominated for the prestigious Deutsche Borse Photography Prize.

Richard is the best selling author of numerous books including: Australian Legends, Richard & Famous, 100 Australian Legends & Michael In Pictures.
Whilst working on both editions of his Australian Legends books; Richard personally met, photographed & interviewed over 100 Iconic Australian’s. From Don Bradman & Joan Sutherland to Frank Lowy & Rupert Murdoch.

Richard travels widely to give public talks about his Richard & Famous exhibition, his books and World Letter Writing Day which he founded.

He appears regularly in the media speaking about his books, exhibitions and his insights into the celebrity world, which he has been a part of for over twenty-five years.

For any enquiries please contact Richard on richardandfamous@hotmail.com