Richard Boll

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VIDEO: Richard Boll on stealing from the National Gallery.

VIDEO: Richard Boll on stealing from the National Gallery.

VIDEO: Richard Boll on stealing from the National Gallery.

In 2006 Richard Boll won the National Portrait Gallery Photography Prize with his portrait of Joe. Taken outside his flat on Brighton's seafront the winning photograph was the result of a four minute chance encounter with a total stranger.

Part of a series of informal and quick shots of passers-by entitled "Pavement" the portrait of Joe is typical of how Richard likes to work. Reacting to what he sees and capturing that fleeting moment which is so hard to define, Richard's immediacy in making his images lends an innocence and naturalness that is difficult to do well when making portraits.

Graduating from the Edinburgh College of Art with a degree in Photography in 1999, Richard quickly established himself as an editorial and advertising photographer working in London and Brighton. Inn 2004 he won the Audi/Next Level award for contemporary photography with a series of pictures of artist's studios, which have also been exhibited at the Focus Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa.

Inspired by photographers such as Nadav Kander who can mix art and commerce, Richard specialises in still life, portraiture and architectural work while also pursuing his own personal projects.

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