Olivier Richon's work addresses various themes such as the desire for the exotic, the pleasures of imitation, the function of the object in the still life, quotation and appropriation of art history. These are slow images, where time stands still. Anti-naturalistic, they address the dream-like nature of representation as a frozen tableau, which may be deciphered slowly in the manner of a hieroglyph, yet which resists interpretation. This book comprises a twenty year retrospective of Richon's work. The title "Real Allegories" is taken from the notorious painting by Gustave Courbet, which shows a painter in the act of depiction, surrounded by his cultural contemporaries. In the context of Richon's work, "Real Allegories" refers to the realism or illusionism of the photograph and to the allegorical, constructed dimension of meaning and representation.
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Author Biography - Olivier Richon
Olivier Richon was born in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1956. He studied at the Polytechnic of Central London where he was awarded a BA (Hons) first class in photographic arts in 1980 and a MPhil in 1988 on the subject of Exoticism and Representation. He taught on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in photography at Derby School of Art and was MA Course Leader in Photographic Studies at the University of Westminster. Since 1997 he has been Course Director and then Head of Department of Photography at the Royal College of Art.