Rich Koechlein is a Minneapolis-based freelance documentary and humanitarian photographer. Rich has photographed the people and places in Peru, Greece, Morocco, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Sri Lanka, Colombia, India, Guatemala, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, and Malaysia.
Traveling through the developing world has opened his eyes to the plight and the hope facing many cultures. In response to the tragedies of the tsunami of 2004, Rich helped create the Minnesota chapter of Architecture for Humanity. This group has worked on local as well as international projects that provide design solutions to communities and organizations in need.
Through the organization Children's Culture Connection, Rich traveled to Pune, India, and with donated digital cameras taught photography to girls living in the Parvati Slums. For most of the girls it was the first time they had ever been able to take a picture. The photography from this project was featured in the exhibit 'New Perspectives, New Possibilities'. In addition the Rich's photography, the girls photography was featured. The exhibit ran from January through March 2010 at the Hideaway Coffee Shop and Wine Bar in Northfield, Minnesota. Through Children's Culture Connection, Rich also worked with children in Guatemala City in the slums of La Limonada. His photography has also been featured in Need Magazine.
Rich was also able to work with Population Services International (PSI) for an AIDS prevention program in the Hanuabada Settlement in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.