Born in 1960, Richard Koenig received his BFA from Pratt Institute. In 1998 he received his MFA from Indiana University and began teaching art and photography courses at Kalamazoo College, Michigan.
His earlier fine art work, Photographic Prevarications, was shown in six one-person exhibits in as many years (2007 to 2012). In the summer of 2010 he began working on a long-term documentary project called Contemporary Views Along the First Transcontinental Railroad.
Four articles of this work, Contemporary Views, have been published—in the journals of the Union Pacific Historical Society (Spring 2014 and Winter 2019), the National Railway Historical Society (Fall 2016), as well as in Trains Magazine (April 2019). In addition, a memoir piece about mentorship called "Growing up in a Railroad Vacuum" was published in the journal Railroad Heritage (Fall 2017).