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The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker
     

The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker

by Keith F. Davis
 

Ray K. Metzker (b. 1931) is one of the greatest living photographers of the modern era, although his name may not be as broadly familiar as that of some of his peers. Richly illustrated, The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker brings his extraordinary work to the attention of a larger audience, summarizing his life and achievements over the past six decades. With

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Ray K. Metzker (b. 1931) is one of the greatest living photographers of the modern era, although his name may not be as broadly familiar as that of some of his peers. Richly illustrated, The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker brings his extraordinary work to the attention of a larger audience, summarizing his life and achievements over the past six decades. With a fresh perspective, curator and author Keith F. Davis explores the roots of Metzker’s innovative vision, from his early interest in photojournalism through his studies with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind at Chicago’s Institute of Design in the late 1950s, and his bold innovations of the 1960s and 1970s. Metzker’s work is richly diverse, embracing landscape, city scenes, and the expressive potential of the multiple image. These many themes are united by Metzker’s technical precision and daring, and his graphic use of sunlight and shadow. He has repeatedly reinvented his approach to the medium, and this book testifies to the remarkable range and originality of his work.

Editorial Reviews

Choice - C. Chiarenza

“Quietly and poetically . . . this book inspires readers (artists, scholars, practitioners, and others) to experience Metzker’s life and work and the art of photography.”—C. Chiarenza, Choice

Choice - Outstanding Academic Title

Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2013 in the Photography Category.

Library Journal
Ray K. Metzker’s impeccable technical skills extend across an incredible range of approaches to photography, including composites, abstractions, nature studies, and bemused social observations. His images will likely be familiar to readers even if his name is not, through numerous solo exhibitions and group shows in a career surpassing six decades. Davis (senior curator, photography, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City) bases his comprehensive study of Metzker’s (b. 1931) career on that institution’s holdings, the largest museum collection of Metzker’s photographs in the United States. The book, which accompanies a traveling exhibition that Davis curated, complements other recent publications on Metzker, particularly the retrospective 2008 Ray K. Metzker: Light Lines. After studying under Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind at the Institute of Design in Chicago, Metzker developed a distinct modernist vision—seen here in 116 beautifully printed full-page plates. The catalog concludes with a checklist, some documents of Metzker’s philosophy and working methods, and a bibliography.

Verdict A thorough and accessible survey of Metzker’s work for all students of contemporary photography. [The reviewer has no affiliation or connection to the university press, which operates as a separate entity.—Ed.]—Lindsay King, Yale Univ. Libs., New Haven, CT(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300171051
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2012
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 11.20(h) x 3.40(d)

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Keith F. Davis is the senior curator of photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

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