Rob Munday graduated in 1983 with a BA(Hons) in Scientific and Technical Graphics, the first degree outside of the USA to specialise in the fledgling fields of computer graphics, television and video together with the more traditional subjects of photography, graphic design and illustration. In his final year he taught himself the new medium of holography and became one of the UK’s first generation of holographers. Early achievements included creating some of the first ever holograms of living animals, making the world's first micro-computer generated hologram and, as a co-founding member of staff, helping to establish and run the world’s first post graduate degree in holography at the Royal College of Art, London.
Working as both an artist and a technical innovator, and specialising in portraiture and natural subjects, he has created many unique holographic works and light sculptures which can be found in collections and galleries throughout the world. These include The National Portrait Gallery, The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Royal Collections Trust and the UK Government Art Collection in London.
Rob's portrait sitters include Her Majesty the Queen, the film actress, director and UN ambassador Angelina Jolie, fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld, rock stars Noel and Liam Gallagher, England footballer and TV presenter Gary Lineker, children’s laureates and best selling authors Jacqueline Wilson, Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo and Sir Quentin Blake, singer-songwriter Seal, TV presenter Carol Vorderman, inventor and entrepreneur Sir Clive Sinclair, eminent American historian Dr. Edward Papenfuse and the distinguished WW1 veteran and world's oldest man Henry Allingham .
Rob's most prestigious commission to date came in 2003 when he was asked to shoot and create the first ever official holographic portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. The portrait was commissioned by The Jersey Heritage Trust-The States of Jersey to commemorate the island's 800 year allegiance to the English throne and was conducted as a creative collaboration between Rob and graphic designer-artist Chris Levine. In 2011, and utilising the same portrait, The States of Jersey commissioned Rob to create the world's first holographic postage stamp to contain a holographic portrait of a Head of State to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The portrait can also be seen adorning the world's first £100 bank note and was featured on the front cover of TIME Magazine.
In 2013 Rob created the world’s first 24 carat gold holographic portrait miniature and in doing so brought into being a brand new portrait medium. The portrait received its inaugural public viewing at the Royal Miniature Society's prestigious annual exhibition in 2013 and was described by both Elizabeth Meek, the President of the Royal Miniature Society, and the Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo, the Chairman of the Federation of British Artists, as ‘extraordinary and spellbinding’ and ‘the future of portrait miniatures’.
In 2015 Rob was commissioned by ANOther Magazine and Chanel to create a portrait of international fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld. The portrait adorned the cover of ANOther's 15th anniversary issue and a large format copy was presented to Karl by Chanel.
In 2016 Rob was commissioned to create a large format three-dimensional portrait of the film actress, director and UN ambassador Angelina Jolie for the 2017 launch of a new perfume by Guerlain Fragrance called Mon Guerlain. The portrait is thought to be the first of its kind to be commissioned by a world leading luxury goods company to launch a new product and was shown in twenty eight of the world's leading stores. Rob worked with photographer Willy Camden who oversaw the lighting and retouching.
Rob has also created holograms and light sculptures for many other blue chip companies including Christian Dior, Mont Blanc, De Beers, John Calleija, Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Ferrari, British Airways, Walt Disney and Warner Bros.
In 1991, and in order to create his his art, Rob designed and built the world's first 3D digital hologram printer and created the world’s first digital holograms. He is recognised as a pioneer in the development and implementation of digital holography and has won many awards for his technical innovations.
In 2005 he received the Royal Photographic Society’s Saxby Medal, the most prestigious international award for creative and technical achievements in the field of three-dimensional imaging and holography.
Rob preparing for a true hologram self-portrait
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