Born. Bradford, England

1975 – 1985 
Johannesburg South Africa

1985 – 1989 

1990 – 1997 
Hong Kong

1997 – 1999
Johannesburg South Africa
New York

2001 – 2003 
Cape Town South Africa


Cape Town
Cape Town
Saigon Vietnam

Penang Malaysia

Taipei Taiwan

   Herewith I showcase my passion for street photography, art, and experimental work, displaying the best of my photojournalism and commissioned projects. Here, I reflect on career highlights and low points, share my methodologies, videos, and my signature images. It's a place where I write, muse upon past, present and future, rekindle amazing memories, and scheme future plans and projects. I use this platform to engage with my social media followers and tie all my escape routes together, presenting the reasons behind my choices and philosophy. I call myself 'The Escape Artist,' as I've always sought to jump fences, shun the trappings of convention, and pursue a life of creativity and adventure through photography.
   If you look at my LIFE CHRONOLOGY, you'll notice a restless soul index. In my teens, I knew that I wanted a life of adventure but didn't fully anticipate the repercussions of devoting myself to a tangle of incongruous paths and discordant chapters. Although I've been consistently inconsistent in matters of the heart, place, business, and relationships, I've been steadfast in my desire for change, risk, fun, and greener pastures. Ultimately, I've become an itinerant drifter, but I have no regrets, and I hope that the work I present on this website will inspire and motivate anyone with an interest in photography to become an Escape Artist.

Richard Mark Dobson
Penang Malaysia
Published Editorial
GEO (Germany), GEO (France), GEO Special (Germany),GEO (Russia) GEO Saison (Germany),Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung, Financial Times (UK), National Geographic Adventure (USA), National Geographic Traveler (USA), Toyota Infront Magazine (UK), Landrover ONELife Mag (UK) Guardian (UK), Restaurant Magazine (UK), Guardian on Sunday (UK), MERIAN Magazine (Germany), 100 Ideas Jardin (France), Conde Nast Traveler (USA), Air France Madam (France), Outside Magazine (USA), World Traveler (USA), New York Times, Departures (USA), International Herald Tribune, New York Times, Asia Inc (Hong Kong) Discovery (HK), Expression (Amex Publishing), Islands Magazine (USA), Forbes Magazine (USA), Travel & Leisure (USA) Town & Country (USA),Orient Magazine (Hong Kong), Morning Calm (Korean Air), Silk Road (Dragon Air) Business Traveller (Hong Kong), Business Traveller (UK), Mandarin Oriental (HK), Outside Magazine (USA) Lufthansa Magazine (Germany).
Published Advertising
Couldrey Jones (Hong Kong), Thompson’s (HK), Thompson’s Megacom (HK), Couldrey Jones (HK),Couldrey Jones (HK), BATES Advertising (Thailand), Old Shanghai Firecracker Factory (South Africa),Grey Advertising (SA), BLGK BATES Advertising (HK), Ogilvy & Mather (SA), Mc Cann Erickson (SA), Network (SA), Saatchi & Saatchi (SA), SMLB Leo Burnett (SA), The Agency (SA), Grey Advertising (SA), DMB&B (SA), King James Advertising (SA), Ogilvy & Mather (SA), TBWA Fusion (SA), TBWA Paris Nissan Z350 ‘cops’ Cannes ’05,, TBWA Paris Spontex Cannes Silver ’05, TBWA Fusion, Jupiter Drawing Room (SA), Joe Public (SA).

Published Corporate
Business Enterprises Dong Fang Hotel Brochure China, HKTDC (Hong Kong Trade Development Council) Hill & Knowlton H.K. Ltd, Re-Act Communications Credit Lyonnaise, Hilton Hotel Hong Kong, Dalat Resorts Inc, Dalat Pine Lake Golf Course, Island Shangri-La Hotel. Hong Kong, Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong, Park Lane Hotel Hong Kong, DWC Tang Development China Club-Peking, International Herald Tribune China Summit-Beijing, DWC Tang Development. China Club Peking, Shanghai Tang Hong Kong, International Herald Tribune-Korea Summit, Stocks Leisure Resorts. Bakubung, Kwa Maritane, Andersen Consulting (SA), The Yamu Thailand, Movenpick Jordan., Abu Dhabi Golf & Equestrian Centre, Pearl Valle golf estate Cape Town, New World Hotel Saigon, Ramana Hotel Saigon, DWP Saigon, Veolia Water Systems,, Aqua Expreditions. Ale Heavy Lift UK, Strategic Marine Australia, Sofitel, Sun International, Tauzia, Thailand Yacht Show
Greenpeace Africa, Medicine Sans Frontiers, British Red Cross.
Guidebook Co: Illustrated Guide to Macau, Illustrated Guide to Shanghai/Beijing
Ismay Publications: Welcome to China ‘91-Beijing/Canton/ Shanghai Welcome to China ‘92- Silk Road APA Insight Guides Hong Kong Guide
Odyssey Productions: The Cutting Edge
Studio Publications: Colour and Noise 40 Years of the Macau Grand Prix
O&A Editions: Return to the Heart of the Dragon
Struik/New Holland: Karoo Moons. A Photographic Journey.
GEO (Gruner & Jahr): Die Schonsten Bilder- SUD AFRIKA

Cannes Lion festival and D&AD for his advertising work, and has been included in the prestigious London Association of Photographers awards 2007 & 2008 and SILVER 2009.
Solo Exhibitions
2019. The Red Corporation.  The Foreign Correspondents Club. Hong Kong
2018.  Neonopolis.  Le Galerie.  Hong Kong.
2013. Pathway to Pureland.  RMD Gallery, Saigon.
2008. Karoo Moons.  3rd Eye Gallery.  Cape Town, South Africa.

Group Exhibition.
2011. MOP.  Cape Town Month of Photography. Cape Town, South Africa.

Client & Collectors
collectors in: Vietnam, South Africa, USA.

Multi-Media Film
2011. The Crest Hotel.  CHP:DOX Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival.  (personal request and appraisal by Nan Goldin)
2011. The Crest Hotel. Festival de Cinema Douarnenez.  France.
2009. The Crest Hotel. Grahamstown Film Festival
2009. The Crest Hotel. Burn Magazine.  (personal request to submit and show from Magnum photographer, David Alan Harvey for his ) on-line journal Burn.
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