City Stills. Photographs by Ray K. Metzker. Text by Laurence Miller.
Prestel, New York, 1999. 108 pp. Large quarto [9 1/2 x 12 in./24 x 30.5 cm]. 60 duotone rerpductions.
A rare signed copy of a key Metzker title!
"Metzker was born in 1931 in Milwaukee and attended the Institute of Design, Chicago--a renowned school that had a few years earlier been dubbed the New Bauhaus-- from 1956 to 1959. He was thus an heir to the avant-garde photography that had developed in Europe in the 1920’s. Early in his career, his work was marked by unusual intensity. Composites, multiple-exposure, superimposition of negatives, juxtapositions of two images, solarization and other formal means were part and parcel of his vocabulary. He was committed to discovering the potential of black and white photography during the shooting and the printing, and has shown consummate skill in each stage of the photographic process. Ray Metzker’s unique and continually evolving mastery of light, shadow and line transform the ordinary in the realm of pure visual delight."--Laurence Miller Gallery.
Ray K. Metzker: Composites. Text by Richard Woodward. Laurence Miller Gallery, NY, 1990. Unpaged (appx. 30 pp). Thin quarto. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. Black-and-white reproductions.
Fine/fine-; just a bit of edge wear to jacket.