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Ray’s a Laugh
Richard Billingham

Ray's a Laugh, Richard Billingham

Ray's a Laugh, Richard BillinghamRay’s a Laugh
Richard Billingham


320 pages
234 x 310 mm
ISBN 9781915743329


First published in 1996 to enormous acclaim, Richard Billingham’s Ray’s a Laugh is one of the most significant photobooks of the turn of the twentieth century, as well as a cornerstone work of the Young British Artists generation. Formed of starkly intimate images of Billingham’s often chaotic parental home under the heavy effects of alcoholism and poverty, the book was produced in the 1990s with editors Michael Collins and Julian Germain. This new edition restores Billingham’s original vision for his deeply personal work for the first time. Including numerous unseen images and a distinct approach to sequencing inflected by Billingham’s training as a painter: it constitutes a ‘director’s cut’ and reintroduces a vital and consistently challenging work for a new era.

About the Artist
Richard Billingham (b. 1970) is an English photographer and artist, filmmaker and art teacher. His work has mostly concerned his family, the West Midlands of England as well as landscapes. He is best known for his 1996 photobook Ray’s a Laugh.

About the Publisher
MACK Books are an art and photography publishing house based in London, working with established and emerging artists, writers and curators, and cultural institutions.