At home on the sidelines, research lab, boardroom or machine shop, Richard Mackson is an award-winning sports photographer, inventor and entrepreneur whose career has spanned nearly forty-five years, and taken him around the globe.
His photos have appeared on dozens of covers of Sports Illustrated magazines, and he has photographed World Cup Soccer, America’s Cup Yachting, fourteen Olympic Games, Rose Bowls, the Oscars, Kentucky Derbies, NCAA Final Fours, BCS/CFP Championships, NBA Finals, over thirty Super Bowls, Stanley Cups, World Championship Boxing, and countless other national and international sporting events.
As a young entrepreneur Richard founded and ran Westside Processing, Inc., a highly successful photo-processing lab in Santa Monica, California for over twenty years. He was the CEO of the business, and also invented and patented many of the photo processing machines for the lab.
In the early 1990’s he approached Eastman Kodak with a revolutionary idea to re-engineer the venerated Kodachrome film developing process. Many at Kodak said it simply couldn't be done, and despite numerous rebuffs at his overtures eventually his work led to the creation of the K-Lab process. While at Kodak he helped craft strategy, created intellectual property, defined new business opportunities and helped bring a vast range of new products to market, spanning traditional films to digital products.
Richard holds numerous patents both inside and outside of Kodak, and while at Kodak, rose to the position of Vice President and Director of External Relations, Office of the Chief Technical Officer. He had the responsibility of directing the Technology Analysis, Intellectual Technology, Standards, and Communications groups at Kodak.