RICHARD MEAD ARPS was born in South London, United Kingdom. He works as a photographer, curator and lecturer. Having completed a Bachelor of Arts in photography, Richard is now undertaking a Master of Arts in photojournalism and Documentary Photography. He began his career as a photographer in 2019, after having spent his early twenties working for the emergency services.

Through his work, Richard has always strived to help and empower other people. His professional work is a documentary practice, with his personal projects focussing on mental health, advocacy and using art and the camera as a form of therapy.


Within Bounds, curated by Karen McQuaid, Copeland Gallery, London, United Kingdom
MultipliCITIES, curated by Richard Mead, Jessica Law, Yueer Du and Kate Neil, Copeland Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Ambedo, curated by Hayley Glover and Ciaran Inns, Copeland Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Out From The Mist, curated by Michael Lockwood, Gallery 48, Townsville, Australia
Out From The Mist, curated by Michael Lockwood, Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Is Perception Reality?, curated by Richard Mead, Copeland Gallery, London, United Kingdom

This Matters Now, curated by Daniel Alexander and Dave Lewis, Borough Road Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Selected lectures, talks and workshops

Approaching fairness, ethics and integrity, Lecture
The evolution of ethics in contemporary photography, Lecture
Impact of personal attitudes, values and bias, Lecture
Andrew Tate: Misogynist or Messiah?, Lecture/Seminar
Valuing diversity and inclusivity, Lecture
Experimentation in learning and making, Workshop


Artificial Aesthetics, Magazine

Signs of Protest, Zine


Master of Arts, Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. University of the Arts London (Ongoing)
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours), Photography. London South Bank University

Notable Clients

Royal College of Arts
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers
The National Association for Children of Alcoholics
Historic Royal Palaces
The House of Commons


Associate of the Royal Photographic Society
Member of the Disabled Photographers’ Society
Member of the Guild of Professional Photographers