Turner prize nominee joins Middlesex University
One of the UK’s leading fine artists and photographers, Richard Billingham - Turner Prize nominee, the first recipient of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and a newly appointed Middlesex University Professor - will see his work displayed in the National Gallery in the first major photography group exhibition in its 188-year history.
Richard’s work will be profiled in the exhibition titled ‘Seduced by art: photography past and present’ which features mid-19th century and contemporary photographs alongside historical paintings. It will explore how photographers use and are influenced by fine art traditions.
The exhibition will run until mid January 2013 at the prestigious National Gallery based in Trafalgar Square, central London, which is the world’s fourth most visited art museum. Richard’s work will be among images from other leading photographers including Sam Taylor-Wood, Martin Parr, Julia Margaret Cameron and Craigie Horsfield. Richard is also one of three photographers in the show whose work will be specially displayed as gallery ‘interventions’ alongside great 19th century paintings by Constable, Ingres and Degas.
Richard, who was nominated for the high profile contemporary art award the Turner Prize in 2001, joined Middlesex University in September 2012 as a Professor in the Creative Industries with a brief to provide one to one tuition and advice for photography students.
Richard Billingham said: “The exhibition is a new mile stone for the Gallery and I’m really pleased to have been selected to be part of its first major photography exhibition. I’m hoping to pass on my experience in the industry to Middlesex students and help them develop their own voice in the field.”
Photo: One of Richard Billingham’s photos on display at the National Gallery.