Lohmann earned his B.A. in Conceptual Design and Photography in
1979. After graduation he began working for the Imogen Cunningham
Trust. Working with Imogen's son, Richard created a set of limited
edition platinum prints - made from her glass plate negatives.
He later earned his M.A. in Photography in 1985 from San Francisco
State University.Richard began making hand-coated platinum prints
in 1977 and has continually refined both his vision and the technique
of process. Because platinum prints can't be enlarged, Richard
has always used large format cameras. He now works with a rare
and obscure Banquet camera. It produces giant 12" x 20"
inch negatives. He chooses this unique camera because it produces
the largest possible negative and produces a degree of sharpness
and clarity unmatched in photography.
platinum prints fulfill his yearning to create images that depict
beauty. They are a gentle reminder of the diminished existence
of unspoiled nature. In his images he seeks to rediscover the
romantic glow of 19th century materials--the crispness of the
large contact print and the soft warm tones of the platinum process.
He sees himself "as a romantic working in a realists medium."In
1985 Richard received grants from the San Mateo Arts Council and
the Peninsula Community Foundation, and again in 1991. In 1995
he received a Fellowship from the Bernheim Foundation in Kentucky,
as the artist in residence. In 1997 he received an exhibition
grant from Philanthropic Ventures Foundation.
1987 he began teaching photography at College of San Mateo. He
teaches Visual Perception, Black and White Photography, Beginning
and Advanced Color Photography, History of Photography, Multimedia
and Digital Photography.