Photojournalist and founder of Newsmakers Now Getty Images News
Richard Ellis is a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominated photographer and founder of the first digital online news photo agency Newsmakers which became Getty Images News Photos in 1999. After freelancing out of university including a year covering Washington with United Press International; Richard joined Reuters in early 1985 covering major stories around Asia as chief photographer in South Asia, and China. As part of the Reuters team, he covered the First Gulf War, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and a variety of conflicts around the Europe and Asia. Richard later became the Reuters chief photographer for the UK and Ireland and then chief photographer for the former Soviet Union based in Moscow before leaving Reuters in 1994. After returning home to Washington, DC he continued working as a photojournalist for US News & World Report, Sygma News Photo Agency, AFP, NBC TV and Getty Images. Richard now lives in Charleston, South Carolina where he teaches photography workshops, and continues to work as a photojournalist.