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02 Feb 2016

STEPHEN HAWKING BY RICHARD ANSETT

Richard Ansett’s striking portrait of famed author and physicist Stephen Hawking has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London. Placed within space existentially at the center of things, Ansett’s image shows our entire understanding of reality is challenged by his theories. Facing the challenge of how to communicate the incredible genius of a person when the normal parameters for reading the personality are entirely masked, Ansett reflected the flash off the surface of the blackboard, creating a sort of sun or supernova and imagines Hawking orbiting this in his chair. Well-versed in photographing people with disabilities, for Richard, “it is essential not to expect them to conform to the the aesthetics of the ‘everyday’ world. The visual processes that we use to define personality do not always apply and when we try and force the issue we can patronise and mis-communicate the reality of a person’s life. No matter how masking of the personality the disability is, we must find a way to find a way to communicate humanity always seeing everyone as equal to ourselves.”