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Richard Billingham
Untitiled 1 (from the series, Ray’s a Laugh)
Medium: Photograph on Aluminium
Year made: 1995
Richard Billingham grew up in the Midlands, a region of Britain that saw its fair share of economic deprivation in the 70s and 80s. During his foundation art course in Birmingham, Billingham lived with his father, Ray, and started taking black and white photographs of him. In 1996, a book of these family photographs, Ray's a Laugh, was published. Ray is the focus throughout the book. An alcoholic man who needs as much attention as a baby, his presence is constant, even when he is not in the frame.
Location: London
Date acquired: 15 December 1997
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