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    Richard Martinez, international photographer and artist, has photographed alternative fashion, pin-up and fetish models for over a decade. With camera in hand, he has gone into the underbelly of today’s traditional fashion world and sought out a different vision of what beauty is.

    Born in San Diego, Richard was drawn to photography since an early age through the classic films of the 30s and 40s, Richard moved to Paris after graduating high school and lived with an Elite model who he accompanied on an editorial shoot for French Vogue with photographer Pamela Hanson - an experience that cemented his passion for the artform, and the collaborative creative process of working on photo shoots.

    At 25, Richard started Axcess Magazine. Over four years as editor in chief and creative director of the publication he worked alongside dozens of talented celebrity photographers, working on shoots with the biggest names in music and film - Gwen Stefani, Salma Hayek and Milla Jovovich to name a few. Though he did not yet have the experience to photograph the stars himself at the time, being a part of the creative shoot process was fascinating and led him to pursue photography as a career in the mid 2000s. 

    Richard has been most influenced by iconic photographers Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Ellen von Unwerth and above all George Hurrell. He adores drama in photography, and is driven by that passion whenever he’s behind the camera.

    Today, Richard lives in Los Angeles and continues to make inspiration art through pushing the boundaries of sexuality and challenging the convention of beauty.

    "Richard is an artist, period. Like any artist, he has his tools.... a paintbrush, canvas, etc.. What sets him apart from other artists is that his models are the cherished 'final piece of the puzzle' that allows him to create the artwork that he does. After working with him once, I was happy to have a new friend. He is professional and wonderful and funny. I can not say enough good things about my experience." —Trisha Noble, Grand Rapids, Michigan