Richard Ansett (born 20 February 1966) is an award-winning photographer known for his provocative and thought-provoking images.
Richard has a long-established collaborative working relationship with the artist Grayson Perry, he has worked with Perry every year since 2013 developing photographic strategies to promote Perry’s documentaries of contemporary British life. This relationship yielded ‘Birth’, the portrait, that won first prize in the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards, depicts Perry as his feminine persona holding a newborn baby in the centuries old motif of mother and child.
Richard Ansett’s work can be found in prestigious permanent collections including the National Portrait Gallery, London, the National Library and Archives Canada, Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Smithsonian Institution. He has won countless photography awards including 1st Prize at the Sony World Photography Awards 2019, People’s Choice Award, Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2018/19, 1st Prize Moscow International Foto Awards 2014, Overall Winner Art Laguna Prize ’13, 1st Prize Grand Prix de la Decouverte ’13, Gold Award – Prix de la Photographie ‘11.