Rich-Joseph Facun was born in Florida to an Otomi Indian mother, and a Filipino father. His photography specializes in documentary projects that investigate history through fringe cultures and trends in societal norms. It is in these topics that he explores the phenomena of personal independence, the pursuit of dreams, and the discovery of self-identity. Recently he has turned his eyes toward studying the existential relationships between people and place.
Facun has been a working photojournalist for over a decade. In that time he has covered news, feature stories and photographed high-end commercial campaigns spanning over a dozen countries. He has worked abroad as a staff photographer at The National in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Currently, he is based in Athens, Ohio and is a contributing photographer with arabianEye and the advertising agency Magnet (Dubai.)
Facun’s work has earned multiple accolades in Pictures of the Year International, the National Press Photographer Association’s Best of Photojournalism, The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, amid others. Additionally, while working at The Virginian-Pilot he was awarded the first and second place Portfolio of the Year by the Virginia News Photographer Association for two consecutive years.
Rich-Joseph resides in the Appalachian region of Southeastern Ohio with his wife Jasmine, son Levi-Joseph and daughter Opal. His oldest child, Amber, works in the field of real estate in Virginia.