Eye-catching pictures of Birmingham’s spectacular new library have helped a local photographer gain international recognition


The New Library Birmingham

Richard Ellis, who specialises in architectural and interior shots of buildings of all kinds, has been awarded a Licentiateship by the British Institute of Professional Photography.

Even in the age of digital, Richard – who describes himself as “happily obsessed” by his chosen career – sometimes uses a large format film camera, which he considers to be still the best for quality, composition and definition.

He works throughout the UK, from his Birmingham base, and recent customers include construction industry manufacturer Kingspan, the Royal Albert Hall and Willmott Dixon.

Richard said: “I’m delighted to achieve my first BIPP qualification. It enhances my reputation, gives me a sense of pride, and brings me to the heart of the profession.”

BIPP President, Roy Meiklejon FBIPP, said: “BIPP qualifications are among the most rigorous in the world. Qualification with the BIPP requires hard work, determination, commitment and lots of creativity.”

As the qualifying body of professional photography in the UK, BIPP requires any photographer going for qualification to follow strict criteria and provide a substantial portfolio of commissioned work, together with supporting information about themselves as a professional.