TOKYO-2020 People / Portrait

Louise, March 2020

  • Prize
    Gold in Fine Art/Portrait, Silver in People/Family, Silver in People/Portrait
  • Photographer
    Richard Boll
  • Agency / Studio
    Richard Boll Photography
  • Photo Date
    27th March 2020

This is a portrait of my wife, taken during her chemotherapy for breast cancer. The production of the portrait was a collaboration, with discussion at every stage including the final image-selection. The photograph serves to document this period in our lives and the challenges associated with life-changing illness. I hope that the image reflects both the incredible fortitude that my wife has demonstrated, and as the vulnerability that she has felt at various stages of her treatment. The portrait was taken at home using available light during a period of strict isolation during the coronavirus.

Richard Boll is an editorial and advertising photographer, carrying out assignments in London and internationally. Clients include Emirates Airlines, Sony, Zeiss, Land Rover, Rolls Royce and M & C Saatchi Worldwide. He graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Photography from Edinburgh College of Art in 1999, and gained an MA with distinction from the University of Brighton in 2016. Awards include first place in the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Gallery Prize and the Audi/ Next Level Award for contemporary photography, and he was a selected winner in the Magenta Flash Forward competition.