RICH-JOSEPH FACUN is a documentary folk photographer of Indigenous Mexican and Filipino descent. His work aims to offer an authentic look into endangered, bygone, and fringe cultures—those transitions in time where places fade but people persist. 

The exploration of place, community and cultural identity present themselves as a common denominator in both his life and photographic endeavors.

Originally a native of Virginia, Facun attended Ohio University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Visual Communication.

Before finding “home” in the the Appalachian Mountains of southeast Ohio, Facun roamed the globe for 15 years working as a photojournalist. During that time he was sent on assignment to over a dozen countries, and for three of those years he was based in the United Arab Emirates. 

Facun’s editorial work has been commissioned by various publications, including NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, Reuters, Adweek, Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The FADER, Frank 151 and Topic, among others. Additionally, his work has been featured by Feature Shoot, The Washington Post, The Image, Deconstructed, The Photo Brigade, and Pictures of the Year International. 

Today, like most days, he is equally happy shooting photos for clients, riding his skateboard at the local backyard pool, or eating veggie enchiladas with the wife and kids.