Born in Van Nuys, CA in 1970, Richard Knapp fell in love with photography at an early age. By the time he was 10 he had become the youngest member of the Rockwell Photography Association, a group of mostly 40 to 50 year old men from the aerospace company where his single mother worked as a mechanical engineer. It was there that he realized the camera was a way to open doors that were otherwise not always open, and his photographic life began.
Richard still lives in Los Angeles and works regularly for clients such as HBO, A+E and NBC Universal as well as contributes his work to many national magazines. His commercial work has afforded him the ability to continue his life passion for photographing America and its many cultures and subcultures.
Richard is currently traveling the country between assignments with his wife and their two boys in a VW van taking portraits for his book American Dreamers.