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Ralph Gibson

Ralph Gibson’s photographic journey is a testament to his untiring commitment to the medium. Throughout his career, he has been known for his black-and-white photography, which is characterised by its minimalist aesthetic and abstract compositions. His images often feature a grainy texture, strong contrasts, stark lines, and a sense of mystery that invites viewers to interpret and engage with the visual narratives he creates. Gibson’s work has been described as both sensual and enigmatic, reflecting his fascination with the human form and the interplay of light and shadow.

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Gibson Ι GoEun Museum of Photography : Ralph Gibson

Gibson Ι GoEun Museum of Photography : Ralph Gibson

The Eye of Photography Magazine · 04 Jul, 2024 @ 03:17

This sanctuary of photographic art, named Gibson Ι GoEun Museum of Photography, opened its doors in 2022 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Korean Photographic Foundation.

Bigaignon : Ralph Gibson et Bernard Plossu : Gibson / Plossu

Bigaignon : Ralph Gibson et Bernard Plossu : Gibson / Plossu

The Eye of Photography Magazine · 06 Jun, 2024 @ 06:07

On the occasion of this unique meeting, the two artists each made a personal selection of prints from their own photographic collection, thus offering a perspective on their two great careers.

Vessels for Colour

Vessels for Colour

Aesthetica Magazine · 29 Mar, 2024 @ 15:47

Italian photographer Franco Fontana (b.

 

About the Artist

Ralph Gibson’s photographic journey is a testament to his untiring commitment to the medium. Throughout his career, he has been known for his black-and-white photography, which is characterised by its minimalist aesthetic and abstract compositions. His images often feature a grainy texture, strong contrasts, stark lines, and a sense of mystery that invites viewers to interpret and engage with the visual narratives he creates. Gibson’s work has been described as both sensual and enigmatic, reflecting his fascination with the human form and the interplay of light and shadow.

Born in 1939, Gibson was only 16 years old when he enlisted in the US Navy, where he served as a Photographers Mate from 1956 to 1960, laying the foundation for his future career. He continued his education in photography, studying at the San Francisco Art Institute (1960-1962), before going on to serve as assistant to renowned photographer Dorothea Lange as well as photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank.

Since the beginning of his career, Gibson has been an active publisher and advocate of the photo book. Moving to New York in 1969, he founded Lustrum Press, where he published the highly praised photo book ‘The Somnambulist’ (1970). ‘The Somnambulist’ marked early on Gibson’s concern with photographic sequences and the creation as well as development of meaning over multiple pages. Part of a trilogy, the book was followed by ‘Déja-Vu’ (1973) and ‘Days at Sea’ (1974). In his photo books, Gibson arranges the photographs to create visual narratives and new connections between images, aiming at making each book a cohesive artistic venture. Having published over 40 books, he has earned wide praise for his contribution to the evolution and exploration of the photo book as a medium.

One of the characteristic traits of Gibson’s photography, which is already present in the early photo books and which he has been exploring to varying degrees since then, is his focus and zoom on his subjects. The surroundings and context fade away: bodies, sculptures, landscapes, and architecture appear fragmented and create a narrative ambiguity that draws in the beholder.

Over the years, Gibson has received numerous accolades and awards for his contributions to photography. In 1986 he became a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, before winning the Leica Medal of Excellence two years later. More recently, in 2018 he was decorated a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour by the French President and in 2019 he was inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame St. Louis, Missouri. His photographs can be found in over 200 public collections, major museums and galleries around the world, and his impact on the art of photography continues to be celebrated.

In 2016, Gibson exhibited a new series of photographs entitled ‘Vertical Horizon’. The series of colour photographs show fragmented details of architecture and nature against bright blue skies and elaborate on the visual potentials of light and shadows in colour. Departing from the black-and-white images for which he is celebrated, Gibson continues to push the boundaries of photographic expression, to rework and innovate his distinctive style.

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