Richard Boll

Brighton, England
Mombasa, Kenya 1977

Richard Boll graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Photography from the Edinburgh College of Art in 1999. He has photographs in the libraries of Getty, Millennium and Famous, and is represented by the London agency Playground Photographic and Focus Gallery of Contemporary Photography in Cape Town. In 2004 he won the Audi /Next Level Award for contemporary photography, with pictures of empty painting and sculpture studios in an art college.  He won first prize in the 2006 National Portrait Gallery Photographic Prize, and a commission from the National Portrait Gallery to photograph Sir David Attenborough in 2007. In 2011 he won the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Competition, was winner of the sponsors prize in the Renaissance Photography Award, and received honourable mentions in the Prix de la Photographie Paris and theInternational Photography Awards.  Born in Kenya but brought up on the Isle of Wight, Boll began taking photographs as a teenager, experimenting at first with black-and-whites of the local landscape. Inspired by photographers such as Irving Penn and Nadav Kander who juggle art and commerce, Boll now specialises in still life and architectural client-work while also pursuing his own personal projects.

Whilst living in Thailand on the island of Koh Tao in 2006, I took a photograph of Siamese Fighting Fish in glass tanks; an image that became a favourite from my time in that country. When I went back to South East Asia in 2008, I produced a series of images in Cambodia and Vietnam called Tank, that followed on from this image.

I took the photographs  "Tank XII" and "Tank XIII" in a shop in Ho Chi Minh City in the South of Vietnam. The fish are male and female guppies (Poecilia reticulata), also known as million fish. Freshwater fish are significant in the Buddhist religion and I saw many of them in or around homes and temples in South East Asia, and for sale in specialty fish shops and markets. Fish are one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols used in Buddhism, and symbolise living in a state of fearlessness, without danger of drowning “in the ocean of sufferings”. They represent freedom, well-being and happiness.


BA (hons) Visual Communication (Photography), Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Selected Exhibitions

N.S.A.P. Show, AM Gallery, Brighton England.

Photography Prize at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th of November 2007 - 24th February 2008, National Portrait Gallery, London.

Opening Exhibition (Solo), Focus Gallery of Contemporary Photography, Cape Town, South Africa.

A Glimpse In, (Group Show) at The Red Door Gallery as part of The 2003 Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Arthur’s Seat (Group Show), The Bongo Club, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Jazz Photographs, (Solo Exhbition), Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Visual Arts of Scotland, an open exhibition at The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland. 
The Shed, (Group Show), The Collins Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland.

Musica Italia, a multi-media event at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Eighth Annual Exhibition of Scottish Artists, an open exhibition at The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland. 
Musica Italia, a multi-media event at BBC Studios, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Similar Differences (Group Show), Coastal Arts League, California USA.

Awards and Commissions

Honourable mention International Photography Annual Awards.
Honourable mention Prix de la Photographie Paris.
Selected winner of the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Competition.
Renaissance Photography Awards Sponsors Prize

Short-listed for The London International Creative Competition (LICC).

Selected for the National Portrait Gallery Photographic Prize Exhibition.
Commission to take a portrait of David Attenborough for the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Winner of The National Portrait Gallery Photographic Prize.

Winner of the Audi/ Next Level Competition, exhibited at the Audi Forum, Piccadilly, London.



New Scientist Getty Images
Elle Decoration Millennium Images
Next Level Magazine of Contemporary Photography
Atlanta Magazine
And Suddenly You Are Alone (Book cover)
Italian Shoes (Book cover), by Henning Mankell.


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Accurist Watches
MTV Networks
The Daily Telegraph
BenQ Mobile
Riechesbaird Advertising
The Guardian
Free Barrabas Design Consultants
Saatchi (M&C Saatchi)
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Live Magazine (Mail on Sunday)
The Howard
Random House Publishing
Axis41 Advertising

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