Richard Kelley has been a photojournalist and writer for most of his life. His future was set after his father took out a loan on his life insurance to put a new black Nikon FTN in his hands. He became a student of W. Eugene Smith, and the Magnum photographers Henri Cartier Bresson and Joseph Koudelka. Their strict point of view became his mantra: make photographs that tell a story, remove yourself, disappear, leave out the vanity, and make emotional and elegantly composed full-frame images that point to a truth about your subject.
Just nine months after acquiring that first camera, he began his documentary of Formula 1. After serving an internship at the San Bernardino Sun-Telegram and holding positions at the Chicago Tribune and Observer newspapers in Detroit, he began a 20-year association with Car and Driver Magazine, providing art for over 650 feature stories and dozens of covers.
He also provided creative content for images, media and marketing materials for many of the largest multinational automotive manufacturers in the United States. Clients include Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar, Kia, Mazda, Porsche, Subaru and Volkswagen. He extended his photography to include writing and editing in 1998, as associate editor of Stock Car Racing, and then founding team member and editor with William Jeanes at AutoWorld Weekly in 1999.
His new book, Waiting, is the result of his 12-year effort to document intimate moments and impressions of an era of Formula One that will never be witnessed again. It also serves as the restoration of his photographic soul. Kelley continues to photograph Formula One and endurance racing, searching for his next documentary. He and his wife now live near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.