Richard’s subject matter has included the natural and urban landscape, captive animals, marginalised communities and his own family history. His photography and video installations have had over forty solo exhibitions and been included in more than two hundred group exhibitions internationally.
Recently, he wrote and directed the BAFTA nominated feature film, ‘Ray & Liz’. It currently holds 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and was voted number 49 in its list of the world’s best films of 2019 and number 40 in the BFIs best world films of 2019.
Richard was the first recipient of the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 1997 and was nominated for the Turner Prize 2001. He won the Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director London Independent Film Awards 2018; the IWC Schaffhausen Award 2018 and several other prizes for ‘Ray & Liz’.
Richard currently has a second feature film in development with the BFI, an adaptation of the contemporary novel ‘At Hawthorn Time’ by Mellissa Harrison.
He is represented by Casorotto Ramsey and Associates, London.
Richard is a PhD supervisor and specialises in landscape and its representation. He is committed to students reaching full creative potential and brings direct experience from his own practice as well as industry experience in working with galleries, publishers and producers.
Richard’s practice focuses on realism and encompasses landscape and narrative story telling. Projects evolve gradually over a period of years based on the close observation of everyday life together with extensive research. Richard’s work with his family, with animals and with various landscapes over the years has often focused on themes of home, place and marginalisation.
There will be a new revised publication of Billingham’s early photographic work from the 1990s ‘Ray’s a Laugh’ published February 2024 as well as a ‘Ray’s a Laugh Reader’ edited by Liz Joby published March 2023, both by Mack Books.
Richard has contributed to various symposia including The Ethics of Photography Yale 2007 Newhaven (Keynote); Responding to a Landscape MAC Birmingham 2017 (Keynote); Exposure 3: Human drama and documentary, ICA, London 2015 and Artists Films CPH Doc, Copenhagen, Denmark 2014.
Richard is regularly asked to adjudicate. In 2019 he was a member of the International Competition Jury at FIDMarseille Film Festival, France. Other past commitments have included The Rome Fellowship in Contemporary Art 2018; The Spectrum Art Prize London 2018; The Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition 2015 and New Contemporaries 2009.
He has been a visiting speaker at many public institutions including Chobe Mela Photography Festival Dhaka Bangladesh 2013; Institute for Contemporary Photography Melbourne Australia 2012; Paris Sorbonne University 2010 and Sotherby’s Institute of Art London 2009. More recently (2019) he gave masterclasses at both the BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York and Materdiro Centro De Creacion Contemporanea in Madrid.