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Richard Billingham says he is 'trying to make order out of chaos'. He was brought up on a council estate in Birmingham, and began taking photos of his family when he studied art at Sunderland University. This photo shows his father, Ray, a chronic alcoholic who rarely leaves the house.


Billingham's photos are unlike conventional representations of the family, partly because he is so intimately involved in the lives of those he portrays, but also because they make us, as viewers, feel distinctly uncomfortable. Several other photos from the series, called Ray's a Laugh, are shown in
this room.


November 2002