RANDY BACON "Founder + Chief + Creative Guru"
"It is hard for me to imagine (and even admit) that I have been exploring the art of photography for over three decades. Yet, here I am today, still mesmerized and astonished by photography, just like I was when I got my first 35mm camera at age fifteen. It is a love affair that has not only endured the test of time, but has grown to be an essential part of my total being.
As a photographer and filmmaker, I have always been intrigued by the fact that each and every person is a one-of-a-kind original - a never before created miracle. This simple, yet complex truth, "we are ALL original miracles" is the creative seed that flames my passion for photography and represents the connecting thread with all of my work. Over the years, I have photographed thousands upon thousands of people, across America and around the world, propelled by an infinite fascination and commitment as a photographic artist to capture the miracle of each person - the 'ones' on this planet of over 7 billion. No matter the walk of life, I am finding that after all of these many years, of tending to my relationship between me and this thing called a camera that I am driven more and more by the important and inspiring stories of each and every ‘one’. Stories that impact, empower and heal lives. Stories filled with raw, unfiltered truth that are interweaved with compassion, love, hope, wisdom and strength that punch people in the heart, creating change and understanding within our world.
So here I am, decades into this thing called photography and it is sacred to me - it is my lifeblood. However, I very often take a deep breath and smile, knowing that I am still that fifteen-year-old kid that fell in love with the camera. It is through the camera lens that I also fell in love with humanity, my heart on fire to wreck lives (in a really good way)."
Randy Bacon is an American photographer and filmmaker with an extensive history in humanitarian, portrait, commercial, editorial and documentary work. Randy is also Founder of and Creative Director for the nonprofit people empowering story movement, 7 Billion Ones.
Randy pursued a degree in fine arts at Missouri State University, but switched mid-stream and completed his degree in psychology. Randy states, "At the time, I was so disappointed in myself that I did not complete my degree in art and photography, but now looking back I know it was the path I was supposed to take. Seeing the way I now combine my education in psychology, artistic abilities and love of people, it has truly defined my photographic style and passion to help people."
Randy has been a professional photographer since 1984 and is in high demand with a client base extending worldwide. He travels extensively to destinations across the United States, as well as numerous countries for projects. At the core of Randy’s photography is the ability to present emotive visual stories with an underlying sense of narrative. His unique style reflects elements of influential film noir and old masters in painting and photography.
In 2009, Randy expanded into the motion picture arena. Almost instantly he secured multiple commercial video projects. Then in 2011, his film career exploded with the release of his directorial and production debut, “The Last Days of Extraordinary Lives.”. The movie garnered a significant amount of coverage and awards, including having the film being broadcast on PBS to rave reviews. “The Last Days of Extraordinary Lives” ran the film festival circuit and accumulated an impressive 15 film festival official selections and won over 10 awards, including Best Documentary, Best Picture and Best Director. In 2013, Randy released his second full-length documentary, “Man Up and Go”, which received official selection to nine national/international film festivals. Both films are signed to Academy Award winning film production company, Earthworks Films, and are distributed nationally by Filmrise.
In 2015, Randy founded and launched the nonprofit humanitarian story movement, 7 Billion Ones, which documents lives, shares stories, connects community and empowers mankind. 7 Billion Ones is fully dedicated to using the art of photography, motion films, and written word to present people's unique stories in an artful, raw, impacting form, so that human transformation occurs exponentially. The story movement reaches a worldwide audience via sharing and connecting people through the enormous power of the world wide web. As part of 7 Billion Ones, Randy and team produced his largest single project-to-date, “The Road I Call Home”, which chronicles the stories and portraits of over 150 homeless people and includes a major photography exhibition and accompanying short film. In consideration of Randy’s ongoing work with 7 Billion Ones and humanitarian projects, he was named as Presidential Social Change Artist in Residence at Saybrook University in 2017. In addition, Randy won the 2017 Award for Homeless Advocacy with the Alliance to End Homelessness.
Randy’s career also has ventured into being a sought after public speaker at universities, schools, events, organizations and more. He has been a featured speaker at a multitude of places including:
Roche Laboratories European Conference - Vienna Austria / Photo Con - Oklahoma City / Photo Expo South - Little Rock / 417 Think Summit / Saybrook University Annual Conference - Monterey / Missouri State University / Drury University / Evangel University / Numerous high schools across Missouri / Ozarks Food Harvest Annual Conference / Convoy of Hope / A variety of businesses and other organizations.
Randy’s work has been featured in numerous stories including:
Professional Photographers of America Magazine / The Today Show / BuzzFeed / Huffington Post / Regional television coverage on KYTV - NBC, KOLR - CBS, KSPR - ABC, and KRBK - FOX / Brigette Magazine / Spiegel Magazine / Design Taxi / 417 Magazine / Gannett News-Leader / Springfield Business Journal
Photography awards include:
Umbra International Photography Awards - Grand Prize Winner / Tokyo International Photography Awards - Winner, Portrait / American Photo Magazine Image of the Year - Portrait Winner / 417 Magazine: Photographer of the Year AND Artist of the Year (four time winner) / Gannett News-Leader: Photographer of the Year (seven time winner) / Business Journal Magazine: Selected as one of the "Twelve People You Need To Know" / Addy Awards: Best Photography in Advertising Campaign (multiple winner)
Randy’s exhibitions include:
Springfield Art Museum-Solo Exhibition / Photo Con - Oklahoma City / Photo Expo - Little Rock / Brick City Art Gallery - Missouri State University / Pool Art Center - Drury University / Evangel University Art Gallery / Monarch Art Factory / Roche Labs European Conference - Vienna / Bolt Gallery - Fort Collins, CO / Keys Art Gallery / Springfield National Airport / Saybrook University Conference - Monterey / Mercy Hospital / Hulston Cancer Center / Good Girl Art Gallery