Richard Billingham

born 1970

Richard Billingham, ‘Arrow’ 2000
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Richard Billingham (born 25 September 1970) is an English photographer and artist, film maker and art teacher. His work has mostly concerned his family, the place he grew up in the West Midlands, but also landscapes elsewhere.

Billingham has published the monographs Ray's a Laugh (1996), Black Country (2003), Zoo (2007), and Landscapes, 2001-2003 (2008). He made the full-length video film Fishtank (1998) as well as various shorts, and wrote and directed Ray (2016), part 1 of a 3-part feature film. He is best known for Ray's A Laugh which documents the life of his alcoholic father Ray, and obese, heavily tattooed mother, Liz.

He won the 1997 Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize (now Deutsche Börse Photography Prize) and was shortlisted for the 2001 Turner Prize. His work is held in the permanent collections of Tate, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Government Art Collection in London.

Billingham is based in Swansea and teaches art at Gloucester and Middlesex universities.

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