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Richard Billingham - Ray's a laugh, Scalo, 1996, Zürich

 

Hardcover with dustjacket.

Photographer and painter Richard Billingham (born 1970) grew up in a cramped, high-rise tenement apartment with his mother and father in Birmingham, England. His father, Ray, was an unemployed, chronic alcoholic, often sleeping the whole day through, while Liz, Billingham's overweight and heavily tattooed mother, filled her home with porcelain dolls and jigsaw puzzles, housing ten cats and three dogs. These are Billingham's subjects. In stark comparison to conventional family photos around the dinner table or in front of the Christmas tree, Billingham's images are raw, intimate and often uncomfortably humorous. First published in 1996, Ray's a Laugh is now considered one of the most important British photo books of the recent past. (from the Errata edition)

Pages: 96
Place: Zürich
Year: 1996
Publisher: Scalo
Size: 22 x 28 cm (approx.)


Included in "The Photobook: A History Volume II" by Parr/Badger
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Hardcover with dustjacket.

Photographer and painter Richard Billingham (born 1970) grew up in a cramped, high-rise tenement apartment with his mother and father in Birmingham, England. His father, Ray, was an unemployed, chronic alcoholic, often sleeping the whole day through, while Liz, Billingham's overweight and heavily tattooed mother, filled her home with porcelain dolls and jigsaw puzzles, housing ten cats and three dogs. These are Billingham's subjects. In stark comparison to conventional family photos around the dinner table or in front of the Christmas tree, Billingham's images are raw, intimate and often uncomfortably humorous. First published in 1996, Ray's a Laugh is now considered one of the most important British photo books of the recent past. (from the Errata edition)

Pages: 96
Place: Zürich
Year: 1996
Publisher: Scalo
Size: 22 x 28 cm (approx.)


Included in "The Photobook: A History Volume II" by Parr/Badger
>> see more Vol. II picks here