Richard Johnson was born in Oxford and grew up in Switzerland.
After studying theatre at Trinity College, Dublin, he moved to London where he made five short films and worked extensively with Mike Figgis in the period following Leaving Las Vegas, mostly as a cameraman on the experimental work which led to his film Timecode (2000). Other Figgis collaborations include work with London rap artist Plan B, a documentary about Laurie Anderson, and a commission for the London International Film festival entitled A Portrait of London, involving interviews and portraits of Londoners.
In this same period Richard wrote 21 episodes of The Hidden City a series for the US based RHI Entertainment, sold to USA Networks in 2006. He also directed 11 episodes of the series starring Paul Barber, Abdul Salis, and Heathcote Williams.
A short film (Subterfugue) got him the attention of the British Council, the London and Edinburgh International film festivals, and the Pompidou Centre in Paris.
Moving to Paris in 2007, he wrote and directed Kali a feature length film for Canal Plus, which touched on the subjects of transhumanism and nanotechnology, airing in 2010.
He currently lives in Switzerland, scriptwriting for New York based directors Joachim Back (Oscar 2010) and Jason Brandenberg, as well for apelab.ch
He is also finishing post production on The Infinity Room, a feature length film shot in CERN, Geneva using GoPro cameras to capture the 2013-2015 repair process. The film contains historically unique footage, and the music is being composed by Howie B (Björk, U2, Brian Eno) and Andrew Waterworth.