Richard Ansett lives and works in London where for over 25 years he has pursued his interest in social biography and a relentless enquiry into a sense of place and his relationship to it and the people he meets.
As a trained Gestalt therapist he employs his photography in support of his therapeutic interest and exploration of mental health issues in contemporary society.
Ansett’s images are in permanent and private collections including the National Portrait Galleries of London and Canada, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France and the Smithsonian. He won The Arte Laguna Prize13 and Grand Prix de la Decouverte in 2013. He received a gold award at Prix de la Photographie 2011 and was awarded 1st prize at the Moscow International Foto Awards 2014.
His images have appeared 11 times in the National Portrait Gallery Portrait Prize exhibitions and he has shown at the Royal Academy, London; Serpentine Gallery, London and Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
Ansett has exhibited at a number of photography festivals including Begira Photo Festival, Spain; Foto Leggendo Festival, Rome; Belfast Photofestival, UK and Voies Off Festival, Arles.