Estate of Ray K. Metzker. Image Courtesy Les Douches la Galerie, Paris & Laurence Miller Gallery, New York
Ray K. Metzker holds a special place in the history of American photography. A fixture in the best-known institutions, his work, consisting exclusively of black and white images, is completely representative of an entire generation of pr ofoundly experimental photographers.
Born in 1931, Metzker was deeply influenced by his studies at Chicago’s Institute of Design. For over fifty years he continued to innovate, often working in his dark room with only his intuition as a guide. His work on negatives evolved slowly over the course of many years. Montages, juxtaposition, multiple exposures, double exposures... Metzker set no limits on his creativity. With the generous assistance of Laurence Miller Gallery in New York, you can discover the sixty prints in the Les Douches la Galerie exhibit, which represent a small part of the rich, fertile work of an immense American artist.
THE CITY IS BUILT TO MUSIC
There are a good numbers of living photographers whose careers span more than a half-century but not many whose art shows as much as vitality as that of the American photographer Ray K. Metzker. Few of his peers can match his visual acuity, and capacity of renewal. Rare is the photographer who can strike as skillful a balance between formal brilliance and a tender gender for the world; rare, too, is the rigorous formalist who can al so entertain -as Metzker does with his visual puns, puzzles, and occasional py...read more