Dolls and Masks.
Photographs by Ralph Eugene Meatyard. Text by Eugenia Parry, Elizabeth Siegel.
Radius Books, 2011. 144 pp., 75 duotone illustrations, 9x10½".
Family man, optician, avid reader and photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard created and explored a fantasy world of dolls and masks, in which his family and
friends played the central roles on an ever-changing stage. His monograph, The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater, published posthumously in 1974, recorded his
wife and family posed in various disquieting settings, wearing masks and holding dolls and evoking a penetrating emotional and psychological landscape. The
book won his work critical acclaim and has been hugely influential in the intervening decades. Dolls and Masks opens the doors on the decade of rich experimentation
that immediately preceded the production of his final opus, The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater. Published to coincide with an exhibition at the Art
Institute of Chicago, this handsome book presents more than 70 never-before-seen works from the Meatyard Archive, greatly expanding our understanding of
Meatyard’s elusive and captivating genius. Writer and historian Eugenia Parry and curator Elizabeth Siegel contribute essays that set the stage for this foray into
the unknown work of one of the last century’s most intriguing photographers.
About the Limited Edition
Clamshell box with a copy of the book and contemporary gelatin-silver print of 'Untitled 1962'. Signed by the estate. Limited to 30 copies.