October Meeting - Richard Batch

Richard Batch was 15 when he got his first real camera, a Yashica Mat-LM. Having only 12 shots per roll taught him to think before shooting. El Greco led him to learn about zone focusing and relating subject to environment. After receiving his degree from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, he landed a job as the staff photographer for The Northern Virginia Sun. He also shot for Dossier Magazine, two theatres in DC and freelanced.

Wet darkroom printing work became much easier when he ran film/developer/paper calibrations to produce negatives, which allowed the full range of zones to be printed without any additional work. On the digital side, more testing of papers, printers, film scanners and techniques in Photoshop helped him work toward the production of the fine digital B&W print. Photojournalism and portraiture are his passions.