Photographer Richard Sprengeler is best known for his dramatic color images of the Arch and downtown St. Louis, which have been distributed by the National Park Service, published in The Story of the Gateway Arch and in St. Louis: For the Record, and selected by interior designers and business leaders throughout St. Louis for their corporate lobbies, conference centers and executive suites.
A native Midwesterner and graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Sprengeler has worked as a professional commercial photographer since 1984 and as an architectural photographer since 2001. Over the years, he has also developed an extensive fine art portfolio, demonstrating a prodigious talent for exposing the dignity in ordinary scenes and objects. His range in extensive – from rusting antique cars and soaring stone formations to children at play and colors dancing on the Arch – and his portfolio is predictably diverse, with images of mountains, canyons, deserts and dunes in the Northwest and Southwest; urban warehouses, parking garages and dark, dank alleys; Midwestern covered bridges, churches, and landscapes; and more.
After more than 30 exhibitions and competitions throughout the St Louis region, Sprengeler is currently working on a large format black and white study of St. Louis.