Born in Washington, Pennsylvania, Susan Richman now lives in Hastings on Hudson, a suburb of NYC. Her photographic career began her freshman year of college when she was forced to pick between art or math as a course elective. To the dismay of her parents who were hoping she would become a lawyer, she majored in Fine Arts with a focus on photography and upon graduation, she began a successful career as a commercial photographer in Manhattan.

Years of photographic experience turned her to an educator at the International Center for Photography in NYC. Prior to Covid, she was teaching, as well as being a freelance photographer. Since then, however, she began producing her memorable memento mori, an homage to the delicate balance of life itself. 

She explores the links between existence, decay, and loss. The result is seen in gorgeous compositions reminiscent of Protestant still lives that celebrate life, and always remind the viewer of the presence of death. 

Recent awards and recognitions include: 2021 Solo Exhibition of Jenga at The Cloud Gallery at the Griffin Museum; 2021 The Art Of New York Group Exhibition at the Arkell Museum; 2021 Open Walls Arles; Finalist, 2021 Larry Salley Photography Award, ArtsWestchester; Best Of Show, 2020 Non Member National Juried Exhibition, Salmagundi Club. Recent press includes being a featured artist in the 2021 spring edition of Hook Magazine and The Photo Review 2021 Competition Issue, and both Create and F-Stop in 2020. In 2019, The New York Times and The Washington Post highlighted her work in an article titled Elements Provide Inspiration at Architectural Digest Show.