Richard Wotton was born in 1946 in Whanganui, New Zealand, where he still lives. A printer by training, his interest in photography began in 1967, shooting motorsport in England on his OE.
In 1977, he acquired his first 4 x 5 inch view camera and worked almost exclusively in black and white until the late 1980s. The last four years of this period were devoted mostly to photographing both exterior and interior vernacular architecture, before a 20-year break from personal photography.
Wotton’s personal work is held in a number of private collections around New Zealand and also in the collections of the Christchurch Art Gallery; Te Manawa, Palmerston North; MTG Hawke’s Bay; Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington; and the Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui, which has a large holding of his works.
From 2009 to 2013 he photographed a series of New Zealand vernacular architecture before spending two years on a series of portraits of tattooed people. This culminated in an exhibition of 45 portraits at the Sarjeant Gallery. Since the conclusion of the tattoo portrait series he has resumed his photography of vernacular architecture and also begun another portrait series.
Wotton has had solo exhibitions at Te Manawa, MTG and the Sarjeant Gallery, as well as being included in group shows at the Sarjeant Gallery, Te Manawa, The Dowse Art Museum and Te Papa. He has also exhibited at The Rabbit Room, Napier.