Richard Boll

The artist Rana Begum at her home in London.

The Artist Rana Begum

Photographs from a visit to the studio of the artist Rana Begum in April 2023. The work of London-based artist Rana Begum distils spatial and visual experience into ordered form. Through her refined language of Minimalist abstraction, Begum blurs the boundaries between sculpture, painting and architecture. Her visual language draws from the urban landscape as […]
Gavin Turk writing his signature with a torch in his London studio.

The Artist Gavin Turk

Photographs from a visit to the studio of the artist Gavin Turk in March 2022. Gavin Turk (b 1967) is a British-born, internationally renowned artist, who lives and works in London. He has pioneered many forms of contemporary British sculpture, including the waxwork, the painted bronze, the recycled art-historical icon and the use of rubbish […]
Six oranges arranged into a still-life composition on a wooden table.


Memento This still-life photographic study explores form, composition, and colour. The images were taken in Mallorca in September 2023. A room in an ancient villa with plaster walls and old wooden furniture became an improvised studio. Shutters and linen drapes were used to control the natural daylight that came in through a single window. The […]
Smashed glass in front of a black and white photograph of a road in Crete.


Road is an ongoing project that utilises photographs taken at night on a remote road in Crete. The images were taken with an awareness of war crimes that were carried out in the area by the Nazis in 1941. After the Germans invaded the island, strong resistance was shown by the local population, and in […]
Still life photograph project copyright Richard Boll Photography

Here For You

  My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in November of 2019. Her chemotherapy took place whilst the coronavirus was taking hold in the UK. Our self-isolation was particularly strict due to her compromised immune system and consequently, friends and relatives were unable to visit. Gifts of delivered flowers arrived frequently with written cards of […]
Portrait of Louise by Richard Boll

Louise, March 2020

Louise, March 2020 I took this portrait of my wife in March 2020 during a period of strict lockdown for Covid-19. At that time she was undergoing chemotherapy after having been diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2019. The production of the portrait was very much a collaboration, with discussion at every stage of the […]
The John Lobb wooden shoe lasts of Duke Ellington by Richard Boll

The lasts of John Lobb

  John Lobb is a family-run company that is world-renowned for their extremely high levels of craftsmanship and the fully bespoke shoe-making service that they have offered in London since 1849. At the heart of this process is a pair of hand-carved wooden lasts, made to the precise form of the customer’s feet. It is […]
Four divers in an underwater cavern in Crete.


Underwater photography from diving trips to Egypt and Crete.
Pinhole seascape from the project Six Degrees of Freedom

Six Degrees of Freedom

Six Degrees of Freedom is a response to looking at the late seascapes of the painter J.M.W. Turner and to the challenges photography faces in expressively rendering the sea. The project involved attaching a pinhole camera to navigation buoys in the Solent, and making exposures ranging from four minutes to an hour. The channel flows […]
Mourners carrying a coffin at a funeral in Namibia by Richard Boll

Dust: A Funeral in Namibia

Whilst driving from Cape Town to Luderitz in Namibia, I followed a road sign to a cemetery in the desert, where I spent time taking photographs. People started to gather for a funeral and a woman from the group asked if I would photograph the ceremony. I agreed, and felt privileged to be able to […]
Waterfall and rocks in Iceland from the project Form and Void II

Form and Void II

  Form and Void II These images seek to examine the interconnectedness of the forms and voids that exist within the landscape, and how these elements translate to the pictorial (specifically photographic) space. Parallel to this is a consideration of aspects of cultural geography; humankind’s place within this landscape and its relationship to it. The […]
Red and blue posts in the snow from the project Form and Void

Form and Void

  Form and Void Rooted in an interest in minimalism and visual purity, this personal project consists of a set of photographs taken in the snow covered mountains of Voss and Myrkdalen in Norway. The photographs can be visually confusing, echoing the sensation of being in a blizzard, when orientation and balance can be compromised. […]
An orange tree with oranges floating in water at the base


  Colour Studies, Morocco  
A red barn in a field of grass containing logs.


  Colour Studies, Minnesota These images were taken using a Hasselblad film camera on a journey in and around the Superior National Forest, Minnesota in October 2017. Rather than being taken as an end product, I chose to shoot them as sketches; poetic visual story-telling devices. This decision liberated my approach to capturing the familiar […]
Death in the Afternoon. A dead pheasant and a man with a shotgun with his eyes closed.

Death in the Afternoon

  Death in the Afternoon Whilst taking portraits of people during a pheasant-shoot, I took multiple frames in quick succession in order to capture the subjects blinking. Portrayed in this way the subjects seem to be withdrawn into a state of numb reflection. Their expressions, coupled with the bleakness of the snow-covered fields seem to […]
A starling murmuration from The Beauty of the Ordinary by Richard Boll

Pulchritudo Vulgaris

  Pulchritudo Vulgaris (The Beauty of the Ordinary) Though a regular sight above Brighton in East Sussex throughout the winter, the evening gathering of Common Starlings (Sturnus Vulgaris) is an occurrence of exceptional grace and beauty. With varying degrees of abstraction, these images are intended to express the shifting and poetic amalgamation of Common Starlings, […]
Wires used for hanging pictures in a gallery in Cape Town.


  Gallery These images are from “Gallery”, a series of images taken in Cape Town, Barcelona and London that examine the stripped down, purified space of the art gallery. They represent a personal search for balance and refinement through minimalist photography that I began in 2004 with a project entitled “Studio”, that took an oblique […]
A blank large roll of paper in a photographic studio in Brighton.

Studio II

  Studio II These images examine the unlikely minimalist purity inherent in a variety of photographic studio spaces. Though the spaces depicted are functional; designed as departure points for the controlled creation of photographic images, when the various drop-down paper backgrounds and seemingly depthless “infinity curves” are juxtaposed against the cluttered lines and detritus of […]
The outline of a canvas that's been previously painted against a white studio wall in Edinburgh College of Art.

Studio I

Studio I Photographs from the project Studio by Richard Boll. The project won the Audi Next Level award for contemporary photography in 2004.