Community remembers talented photographer


Richard Stockton

Richard Stockton

A local professional photographer has passed away this week. Richard Stockton provided professional photography services in the Rio Grande Valley.

Stockton’s business, located at South Padre Island, provided many services including commercial photography, portraits on the beach, weddings, video, film processing and printing, 35mm and 120mm film and digital media.

Stockton left his hometown of Marshfield, Missouri for South Padre Island in 1985. His family said he traveled throughout the United States and choose the Island because he felt comfortable and at home here.

Stockton’s older sister Cheryl Stockton said her brother was able to document the Island’s growth with pictures. She said his latest aerial shots were in March to document the newest developments on the Island.

“He was even out there for the hurricane taking pictures of the damage and flooding. He weathered it out here with his business,” Cheryl Stockton said.

Considered one of the top photographers in his field, Stockton had photographed extensively throughout the United States and abroad. Stockton kept his special talents close to home, specializing in aerial, landscape and commercial photography spotlighting the Rio Grande Valley.

Stockton was featured in many different publications including Texas Highways, Texas Monthly and other magazines. Stockton photographed Texas International Fishing Tournament every year he was on the Island, not to mention the Miss Universe competitions that were held on the Island.

Stockton’s funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 5, at Chapel by the Sea.

“Richard will be so missed, and his passing is a shock to us and the community he was a part of,” Cheryl Stockton said.

Read this story in the Dec. 27 edition of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.

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  1. I remember when Richard came to the Island and opened his first shop. Also, how inventive he was about getting difficult shots — whether a baby pelican on a grey drizzly day, or photos of tile work Wanda Ayers and I produced, including climbing up on the ridgepole of a house in a stiff wind to get photos of a huge table three stories below, weighted down with a Hasselblad camera the size of my head. Maybe nothing to a guy who took shots from an airplane but it was pretty impressive from where I stood! He showed me so many things about cameras and pictures.

    He was a good friend and a part of the Island I knew when we lived there; I’ll miss him.

    pat chapin

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