Rays a Laugh, Photobook (hard back, 22 x 28cm, 96 pages)

Billingham, Richard ORCID: 0000-0002-6474-5656 (1996) Rays a Laugh, Photobook (hard back, 22 x 28cm, 96 pages). Scalo, Zurich. ISBN 978-3908247371

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Rays a Laugh, 1996, published by Scalo, Zurich, (hard back, 22 x 28cm, 96 pages), is considered one of the most important contemporary photobooks. It is an edited sequenced of photographs made by Billingham from 1990 – 1996 of his immediate family: father ‘Ray’, mother ‘Elizabeth’ and brother ‘Jason’. There is no text inside the book, the idea being that the images stood for themselves. There was a short text on printed on the back of the book by Billingham with a quote by photographer Robert Frank. Ray’s a Laugh was re printed once in paperback in 2000. One of Billingham's photographs from the series appears in Century: One Hundred Years of Human Progress, Regression, Suffering and Hope, edited by Bruce Bernard, p.1041 Phaidon, ISBN 9780714838489. In May 2014, Errata Editions published a book study of ‘Ray’s a Laugh’ called ‘Book on Books 18, Richard Billingham: Ray’s a Laugh’ (hard back w/ dust jacket, 108 pages, 90 colour illustrations, ISBN: 978-1-935004-35-6) with essays by Charlotte Cotton and Jeffrey Ladd. This series ‘Ray’s a Laugh’ is also Included in ‘The Photobook: A History Volume II’ by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger. Certain images from ‘Ray’s a Laugh’ were drawn on to create scenes for the recent BAFTA nominated feature film for cinema ’Ray & Liz’, 2018, written and directed by Richard Billingham, produced by Jackie Davies and shot by DoP Daniel Landin

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Additional Information: Photograph from the series Ray's a Laugh published in Family: Photographers Photograph their Families' by Sophie Spencer-Wood (Editor), Angus Hyland (Designer), Henri Peretz (Introduction), Phaidon, 2005, (pages 163 and 199), ISBN 978-0-7148-4402-2. This book considered the unique photographic response of photographers to their families and the significance of this work in the broader context of their photography. The book comprised a collection of 175 photographs by a wide range of photographers curated by Sophie Spencer Wood to consciously reflect on the experience of family. It presented the work of some of the earliest photographers to consider the subject, alongside those taking pictures of their family today. Photographers included Terence Donovan, David Bailey, Dorothea Lange, Sally Mann, Nobuyoshi Araki, Larry Towel, Robert Adams, Paul Starnd, Chris Killip, Nicholas Nixon, Sophie Ristelhueber, Georgia O'Keeffe, Willy Ronis, Raymond Depardon, Julia Margaret Cameron, Jacques - Henri Lartigue, Lee Friedlander and others. Adventures in Art: Sue Hubbard, Selected Writings 1990 - 2010, Sue Hubbard, Other Criteria, 2010, (pages 100 - 103) ISBN: 9781906967215. This was a book of Sue Hubbard's essays on contemporary and modern art over 20 years. The collected essays were part biographical, part lyrical reviews of modern art in Britain and gave an honest account of the diversities, originalities and disappointments found there. Hubbard's writing focused on specific exhibitions, the creative lives of her subjects, and placed the reader within a context replete with description and art historical value. Artists written about included Lucien Freud and Sam Taylor Wood, Marc Quinn, Anish Kapoor, Christian Boltanski,Susan Hiller, Rebecca Horn, Anthony Caro, Bill Viola, Mark Rothko, Annette Messager, Sarah Lucas, Gilbert & George, Anthony Gormley and Cy Twombly. There were endorsing quotes printed on the back cover from John Berger, Han Ulrich Obrist and Joan Bakewell. Illustrated Article by Marianne Hartigan, 'Picturing Lives No Less Ordinary', The Sunday Tribune (Ireland), 13 August 2000. Illustrated Article by Mic Moroney, ‘A Take of his own on the World’, The Irish Times, 3 August 2000.
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Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Arts > Photography
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice as Research
Depositing User: Richard Billingham
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2019 15:19
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2020 12:14
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/6884

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