richard yelland   [ Photographer, Director ]

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Richard is a Venice, CA-based photographer and director who studied at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) while earning a BA in classics from Brown University. His work has been exhibited at RISD and most recently was featured on the Scribner's book release, "Tijuana Straits," from NY Times lauded writer, Kem Nunn.

Richard's love of still photography piqued his interest in experimenting with 8mm and 16mm film. Richard quickly turned his love of motion pictures into opportunity as a commercial film director. His credits include spots for Fuel TV, Life Rolls On Foundation, Fandango, and Thor motocross and his work has been awarded by the Cannes Advertising Film Festival, British Design & Art Directors, AICP and AICE. Recently, he earned an Emmy nomination in the national public service category for a PSA he directed for the Life Rolls On Foundation.

Among his long format directorial work, Richard completed a TV pilot for the Sundance Film Channel starring Bob Balaban (Gosford Park, A Mighty Wind, Deconstructing Harry, among others). Recently, he was awarded a grant to develop a feature length documentary, entitled "Floating", featuring disabled surfers. To view trailer:
(search video: "They Will Surf Again")

In 2000, Richard founded Venice-based Curtis Birch, Inc. (, a boutique that creates and produces graphic design, print advertising and television commercials for a list of regional and national clients.

Richard is an avid surfer and helped found the charity organization, They Will Surf Again (TWSA). TWSA raises funds for spinal cord injury research as well as gives disabled athletes a chance to go surfing in a number of states across the US. Richard sits on the Board of Santa Monica clean water organization, Heal the Bay.
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310-450-2020 (Office)


1251 electric ave
Venice, CA 90291