As an undergraduate art student, RICHARD BILLINGHAM (British, b. 1970) made a dark and moving series of color photographs of his parents and younger brother and their life in a housing project outside Birmingham, England, as studies for paintings. These large, dramatic pictures, just published in book form as Ray's a Laugh, stand as a powerful testament to the impact of his father's chronic alcoholism and unemployment on his immediate family. Left: Untitled. 1995. Chromogenic color print. 47 1/4 x 31 1/2 ". Lent by the artist and Anthony Reynolds Gallery.