Ray's a Laugh

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This book is about my close family. My father Raymond is a chronic alcoholic. He doesn't like going outside and mostly drinks homebrew. My mother Elizabeth hardly drinks but she does smoke a lot. She likes pets and things that are decorative. They married in 1970 and I was born soon after. My younger brother Jason was taken into care when he was 11 but is now back with Ray and Liz again. Recently he became a father. Ray says Jason is unruly. Jason says Ray's a laugh but doesn't ...
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Zurich, SWITZERLAND, Berlin, GERMANY & New York 2000 Softcover First Paperback Edition (BILLINGHAM, RICHARD). Billingham, Richard. Preface by Robert Frank. RICHARD BILLINGHAM: ... RAY'S A LAUGH. Zurich, SWITZERLAND, Berlin, GERMANY & New York: Scalo, 2000. First Paperback Edition. 4to. Pictorial Wrappers. Photography Monograph. As New. np, profusely illustrated in color. Designed by Hans Werner Holzwarth. Richard Billingham's acclaimed first book "Ray's A Laugh" is an alternatingly wry and gut-wrenching fly-on-the-wall chronicle of the everyday goings on within the domicile of the British photographer's Mum Elizabeth and chronic alcoholic father-the titular Ray. A pristine copy of the 2000 first Scalo paperback edition (whose 1996 hardbound edition is cited on pages 304-305 of Martin Parr and Gerry Badger's "The Photobook: A History Volume II") still in the publisher's shrinkwrap. 3-908247-37-3 Inventory Number: 023611. Read more Show Less

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This book is about my close family. My father Raymond is a chronic alcoholic. He doesn't like going outside and mostly drinks homebrew. My mother Elizabeth hardly drinks but she does smoke a lot. She likes pets and things that are decorative. They married in 1970 and I was born soon after. My younger brother Jason was taken into care when he was 11 but is now back with Ray and Liz again. Recently he became a father. Ray says Jason is unruly. Jason says Ray's a laugh but doesn't want to be like him.
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These two new works are united by the fact that each of the twentysomething artists earned a place in this fall's round-up of best new photographers at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In a book devoid of text (even the copyright information is on the back cover), Billingham presents an extended album of his family's life in the projects near Birmingham, England. The brutally frank snapshots center on Ray, Richard's alcholic father, Liz, his chainsmoking mother, and his brother Jason. Mostly disturbing yet sometimes beautiful, the haunting images seem to carry the burden of documentation, declaring their existence to be a necessary proof. Tillmans, a German photographer who has lived and worked in Hamburg, London, and New York intermingles without distinction his art images and his fashion and portrait work for magazines. This catalog for a one person show at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg collects a diverse selection of his images. Sequenced by Tillmans, the catalog places a special emphasis on the landscapes and still lifes that have often been overlooked by critics who have labeled Tillmans the documentarian of an urban Generation X. The three short essays offer some of the most cogent writing on the photographer to date. Both books belong in larger libraries collecting contemporary artists' works.Eric Bryant, "Library Journal"
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  • ISBN-13: 9783908247371
  • Publisher: Scalo Verlag
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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