Richard Whitehead

Since graduating in 1990 I have worked as a freelance photographer for a variety of newspapers and magazines, both nationally and internationally.

Currently I work as Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Photography Programme  at the University of Northampton.


Nottingham Trent University BA Hons Photography 1990
Bolton University MA Photography ( International Photojournalism & Documentary Photography) 2009
Teesside University PGCE T&LHE 2010

Professional Membership

Associate British Institute of Professional Photographers (ABIPP) 
AOP (The Association of Photographers) College member
HE Academy (Fellow)

External Examining

External Examiner Newcastle College 2012-2017 (Courses:-Photography & Fine Art)


Solo Exhibitions

2013-Folio Gallery , Hartlepool, ‘Oukaranman- A Riot of Cherry Blossoms’
1998-The 162 Gallery, Brick Lane , London, ‘Portraits of Brick Lane’
1997-2000-Yorkshire Arts, Dewsbury, ‘A Fishy Business’
1993-Birmingham Central Library, ‘Birmingham Accents’
1992-The Snowhill Centre, Birmingham, ‘Snowhill Commission’

Selected Group Exhibitions

2009-Chethams Library, Manchester, ‘Two Budgies on a Plank’
2007-The Peoples Museum, Manchester, ‘From Here to There’
2000-Trouw Dagblad, Amsterdam, ’The City’
2000-Fotografen Avond Group Show, Amsterdam.
2000 -Royal Photographic Society,Bath,143rd Print Exhibition(Touring)
1999-Royal Photographic Society, Bath, 142nd Print Exhibition (Touring) Bronze Medal
1998- National Portrait Gallery, London,The John Kobal Portrait Award (Touring)
1998-The Slaughterhouse Gallery, London, ‘Animal Pride’
1998-Bonner Road Studios, The Whitechapel Open, ‘Living in The Present’
1995-Site Gallery , Sheffield, ‘Christmas Show’
1994-West Midlands Arts, Birmingham, ‘Portfolio’
1992-The Bond Gallery, Birmingham, ‘Contemporary Midlands Photographers’

Selected Publications

Trouw Dagblad 1998-2003
Het Parool 1999-2003
Cobouw 1999-2002
The Mail on Sunday 1995-1998
IPC Magazines
The Sheffield Telegraph (now defunct)


The Cartoon Arts Trust
The National Portrait Gallery
The Heritage Collection, Filey http:/​/​www.​exploringfileyspast.​co.​uk/​
Sheffield City Museum & Archive
Birmingham Museum & Archive http:/​/​www.​bmag.​org.​uk/​
Private Collections


AOP Course of the Year (2017)
AOP Lecturers Award (2009)
The Cartoon Arts Trust (1999)
Skibereen Cartoon Festival (1998 & 1999)
Birkenhead Cartoon Festival (1998)
John Kobal Portrait Award Exhibitor (1997)
Sheffield City Council, ‘Stone City’(1995)
Yorkshire Arts, Research Grant, Digital Printing (1995)
Birmingham DTI, Commission (1994)
West Midlands Arts, Grant (1994)
Birmingham City Council, ‘Birmingham Accents’ (1993)
Shape Housing Association, ‘The Snowhill Centre’ (1993)
Raleigh International (Zimbabwe 1993 & Mongolia 2000)
Birmingham TUC ‘Work’ (1992)