Brooklyn based, NYC educated photographer Rayon Richards has come a long way since art school.
While his classmates were racking up darkroom hours at SVA, Richards, now 29, was out knocking down the doors of photo editors at some of the hippest and noted magazines in New York, getting assignments and being written about in the process.
We know because we've seen him in action, grinding since the late 1990s and early 2Ks.
These days, Richards is a successful photographer whose clients include Footlocker, Jive, Complex, Fast Company, Coors Brewing Company, Clear Channel, XXL and Maxim, to list a few.
We spoke to Richards, who discovered photography thanks to a family trip to Jamaica when he was in his teens, and who was mentored by photographer Ernie Paniciolli, several weeks ago. Check out our exclusive below!
GlobalGrind: What’s going on with Rayon Richards?
Rayon Richards: I’m really good man, can’t complain! Work is great, a lot of growth taking place. I’ve been sitting here for the past week, editing and updating my website, trying to figure out what should stay and what should go. Over time, the work evolves and there are just some images that no longer fit in with the overall feel.