Ralph Gibson, Self Exposure
MiamiPhotoFest welcomes Ralph Gibson, considered one of the foremost photographers of his time. This legendary fine-art American photographer will have select prints on exhibit that spans over 50 years of his career.
"I embrace the abstract in photography and exist on a few bits of order extracted from the chaos of reality." – Ralph Gibson
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Gibson, best known for his fragmentary and secretive photographs of the human figure. His black-and-white images, built around bold light and shadows, are instantly recognizable to the admirers who collect his prints and the more than 40 books he has published.
"Since my earliest figure studies in 1960, the female body has enabled me to examine photographic ideas: surrealism, minimalism, eroticism, amongst others. There are infinite possibilities with the nude. I often compare photographing them to practicing scales on a guitar." – Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson - will be on display at MiamiPhotoFest 2019 - Feb 27th - Mar 3rd.
All Prints are signed and available for sale during this event.
Ralph Gibson, born in Hollywood, California in 1939. His father was assistant director to Alfred Hitchcock, As a young boy he would visit the set during filming and worked as an extra and acted in bit parts. He was impressed by the power of the camera lens and the intensity of the lights. Ralph Gibson studied photography while in the United States Navy before attending the San Francisco Art Institute and working as an assistant to Dorothea Lange and later, Robert Frank on two of his films, launching his professional career. Having a strong interest in books and book-making, he founded his own publishing company, Lustrum Press out of New York and went on to create his trilogy, The Somnambulist, Deja Vu, and Days at Sea which were instant hits and helped solidify his mark as a key player in 20th century photography.
Gibson is a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France (only given to those who have made significant contribution to the arts) and recently was honored with the Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award in Visual Arts. His work is included in more than 180 museum collections worldwide. Gibson is the Chair of Contemporary Photography at the New York Film Academy (NYFA), where he mentors and works with students and the three NYFA campuses (NYC, LA,& South Beach)