Richard Billingham

Richard Billingham

United Kingdom

I prefer to show and not tell. I’m not really interested in making a polemic. Maybe it’s my art background… I don’t want to make things too obvious—be it in a film or a gallery exhibition. I want to make people think.

Biography

Acclaimed British artist and photographer Richard Billingham was born in Cradley Heath in 1970. Whilst studying Fine Art at the University of Sunderland, he began taking photographs of his family as source material for his paintings. One of his tutors spotted the snapshots and recognised their extraordinary power as artworks in their own right. Shortly after graduating in 1996, a collection of Richard’s family photographs was published for the first time in book form, entitled Ray's Laugh. Richard won the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize the next year and was included in the famous Saatchi Sensation exhibition alongside Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst. He was commissioned to make FISHTANK, by Artangel and BBC2. This ground-breaking documentary work had a television audience of over 2 million and an international festival life. He has gone on to produce many more extraordinary photographic series including Black Country, Zoo, Constable and Panorama.

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