Richard Welch, the Father of Mental Photography

Speed Reading

Photographic Memory

Memory Improvement

Richard Welch, the Father of Mental Photography, has presented before numerous live audiences, the merits of speed reading compared to Mental Photography. Having owned his own speed reading academy, Richard Welch quickly found out all there was to know about speed reading and how little the speed reading pioneers did not know about speed reading themselves. As a newcomer into the field of speed reading, he asked all the technical speed reading questions that nobody had answers to. As he set out on his journey to discover the answers to speed reading’s biggest questions, he did not realize his quest would lead him to the discovery of Mental Photography using the photographic memory.

In 1992, Richard Welch, the Father of Mental Photography, speaks to the Global Science Congress about startling scientific breakthroughs in speed reading and accelerated learning. Anyone can learn at extremely high speeds and tap into their innate eidetic / photographic memory.


It really is a privilege to be here. Two-and-a-half years ago I spoke before the Global Science Convention at Orlando, Florida and very honestly to our astonishment we were absolutely mobbed afterward.

We have a major breakthrough here I think I’ll give you a little background on how this all developed to begin with. In 1975, when the initial breakthroughs were made in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to that, just to give you a little quick history on myself, I had spent about 15 years in the insurance industry; don’t hold that against me by the way. A very successful career, financially certainly; I retired from the business at the age of thirty-four, a millionaire, and left actually an income over a million dollars a year when I walked away from the business in 1974.

For two years my last two years in that industry I had been having reoccurring dreams it got to the point where was actually flashing in my mind during my waking hours as well. But there was something else calling me something else I should be doing with my life and it became so prevalent without my knowing exactly what it was but in fact I decided I must leave that business to find out what the answer to that question was.

I moved out in the desert in Arizona about 40 miles northeast of Phoenix up against the Superstition Mountains and my closest neighbor was about three and a half miles away from me, so I was pretty isolated. I spent a lot of time over the next year in the Superstition Mountains, also out on the desert, and just doing a lot of what I call soul searching to find out what it was that was calling me.

In 1975, about a year later I was led into Phoenix mentally and told that the answer was there. I searched for about 30 days going around different parts of the city, meeting people, talking to people in business, and so on; and eventually ended up buying a speed reading company.

I knew absolutely nothing about speed reading by the way. That’s what’s so bizarre about all of this. I had never even taken a speed reading course in my life, and so it was it was truly off the charts for me as to why in the world I would have bought a speed reading company at that time. But I certainly know why today.

Within about 30 days after buying that speed reading company I became not only a speed reader myself and knew about the industry, but I also became very disillusioned with what I saw happening in the speed reading industry. And I’m giving you this background to let you know how and why all this has developed.

I found an enormous percentage of people who go to speed reading courses, not only mine but others, regress back to reading very rapidly after they went through speed reading courses. And in fact I went out across the country and interviewed over 5,000 people that within the last year had graduated from speed reading courses, and found that over ninety percent of them had regressed back to reading within six weeks after graduating out of speed reading courses.

That just didn’t make sense to me. It didn’t logic out at all because speed reading worked. I knew that for a fact. Comprehension is better, retention is better when you speed read, plus you’re saving time. And that wasn’t just statistics coming out of the speed reading industry. That was coming from the National Education Association. It was pretty much across the board; speed reading works.

The problem was why? Why were people regressing? Why were people not holding onto this skill when in fact it worked? In many cases they spend hundreds of dollars to learn how to speed read.

Topics: speed reading, photographic memory, mental photography