Richard Ansett

Quotes & Articles

“An extraordinary talent and capacity to convey his lived experience through photography.” – Clair Rees, curator /psychotherapist

“fascinating..” – Ben Beaumont Thomas / The Guardian

“Ansett’s archive (sic) is a testament to his belief that taking someone’s portrait is a selfish and occasionally exploitative act that should not be trusted as a truthful representation of a subject’s life.” – Stephen McClaren, Editor, Photographer;s Sketchbooks, Thames & Hudson (2015)

“The dramatic reframing of Richard Ansett’s ‘The Doll’s House’ (sic) transforms the communication itself.” – Karen Falconer /INDEPENDENT

“This exhibition intentionally distorts the concept of portraiture as Ansett’s subjects are often unidentifiable and not even present in his evocative and intriguing photographs. Arresting photographs from the provocative London- based artist…” – Time Out

An act of genius…he is the skeleton from which all the other meat hangs.”- Boris Mikhailov

“The theatrical narrator of all our thoughts and fantasy.”– Uncertain States

“Ansett achieved the level of expressiveness (sic) that can be compared with the works by Michelangelo Caravaggio. People in bandages and with casts make an astonishing impression with the combination of dignity and sculptural modeling of bodies. Children with autism turned out the best on his photos. Ansett managed to convey their secret – in his works they look like bearers of inner power that is inherent only to the mythical heroes. The general placement of photographs and the shaded atmosphere of the hall strengthen the connotation of Baroque paintings. With all the clearness of the form, it is really rather about faith, or even, about the beauty of faith, it doesn’t matter whether it’s faith in the higher power or your loved ones.” – Read full article by Dmytro Desiateryk, The Day, Donetsk – Kyiv

“There is a very subtle line between documentation and creating a new mythology.” Read full interview with Asia Bazdyrieva/ART Ukraine

“Richard Ansett tells the story of human beings’ inherent fragility. Ansett shows that while injuries and traumas are inflicted upon us through interaction with the outside world, healing can only come from within, as we emerge from denial and understand the power of our own agency.” –  Olena Chervonik/Curator Partly Cloudy

Interview with IZOLYATSIA, 2011

“Richard Ansett’s large Lambda print is an ambiguous document. Image_06_083 2010 is a portrait that is insolently provocative yet darkly reserved. A middle-aged man in a grey suit yawns as his half-shut eyes carelessly engage the camera/viewer. There is a tension between the staged and the accidental, the momentary and perpetual. Is the subject of the portrait (whose attire references the aesthetic of bureaucracy) telling us he’s bored? And if so, with what: His life, art, us? As an image Ansett’s work is disarmingly simple and eloquently realised.” – Fay Nicolson, an Magazine 03.2011

“For all its art-world froideur and its antiseptic, scientific gleam, Ansett’s photo has that kind of sympathy, that kind of humanity.” – Read Full Article Blake Gopnik, The Washington Post 12.2010

“Richard Ansett’s images do not flatter to deceive… humour offsets a gritty realism”

Diane Smyth, British Journal of Photography

“..sensitive and touching portraiture.” – Lee Swillingham

“Ansett’s portraits show the extraordinary in the ordinary and vice versa..” – Manfrd Zollner, FOTOmagazin, Germany

“Richard Ansett is without question one of the UK’s top contemporary photographers… His work (sic) is focused on exploring the limits we place in our minds on what goes beyond being socially acceptable, and what should perhaps just seem normal. ..They are stunning, shocking, and stark – but most of all, they are wonderful photographs.” – Jacob Jones, Le Cool Guide

“Richard Ansett’s portrait of Sasha is compelling viewing. It is bold and beautiful with the power to shock. Yet there is a subtle message of accepting our appearance in a society so conscious of how it looks. There is lots of light and competition for space, yet the viewer’s eye goes straight to the subject. The true sign of a top photographer is to focus the viewer’s attention despite whatever else is happening within the frame” – Matt Grayson, London Informer

“Ansett’s work explodes the myth of documentary image making, calling into question the assumed complicity between photographer and subject. Ansett resturctures his environments using tools such as dislocation and unfamiliarity in order to shed light on narratives that would other wise remain hidden.” – Etan J Ilfeld, TENDERPIXEL gallery

About Ron & Roger – “Ansett’s Images make an extremely powerful archive of modern lives” – Caroline Smith, Review Art / Read full article

About ‘LESLIE CROWTHER … An Iconiclastic pantomime’ – “wonderfully cheesy and offbeat”

http://www.artslant.com/lon/artists/show/165339-leslie-crowther

London Evening Standard

Interview with HUNGER Magazine 2013

Interview with Le Cool Guide 2009

Interview with Fotoritim

Interview with AllBuyArt

Interview with 1st Angel