About the Artist: Martin Richardson gained the worlds first PhD in display holography from The Royal College of Art in 1988. In 1999 he was awarded the Millennium Fellowship by the UK Millennium Government Commission for his work with inner city schools and in 2002 was awarded the prestigious Shearwater Foundation Achievements in Holographic Art Award. He is currently Professor of Modern Holography at De Montfort University, Leicester, where he leads a major research programme and a Masters module in Modern Holography. In 2009 he achieved Associate Membership to the RPS and in 2009 was awarded the ‘Saxby’ medal for his contributions to 3-Dimensional imaging. He is a visiting Professor at the Kun-Shan University in the Graduate School of Visual Communication Design, Taiwan. Since 2004 he has been Chair of Holographic Art to the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) in the USA.
Martin is regarded as an imaging pioneer. He has made holograms of many famous people, including film directors Martin Scorsese and Alan Parker as well as the fine artist Sir Peter Blake and writer Will Self to name but a few. His work with rock star David Bowie, for a project using 3-D promotional material for the album ‘hours’, is well known and all of which has been documented in his first published book ‘Spacebomb: Holograms and Lenticular 1984 – 2004’. His second authored book, ‘The Prime Illusion: Modern Holography In The New Age Of Digital Media’ provides a theory that future design processes will need methods of three-dimensional print, requiring timeliness of response, flexibility and access to digital holograms on demand. These characteristics imply a geographically distributed and collaborative form of information dissemination activity and the exchange of collaborative ideas presently tacking place within the digital convergence. ‘The Prime Illusion’ was published in 2007 and in 2009 translated and published by the Beijing University Communication Press, China. His holograms of people are exhibited around the world and can be seen in two National collections including The National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford and The National Science Museum, London. He is a regular contributor to imaging periodicals and peer reviewed conference proceedings both nationally and internationally. http://www.martin-richardson.com/
Learn more about Martin in this recent article about him and his work: http://www.artofengland.uk.com/?p=1016