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RALPH EUGENE MEATYARD
Exhibition 2 April - 19 May 2005
Ralph Eugene Meatyard was one of only few photographers who had any sort of influence on my "photographic" roots…I believe in his bizarre, fictional world.
Ralph Eugene Meatyard was born in Normal, Illinois in 1925 and lived in Lexington, Kentucky, where he made his living as an optician. Having developed a serious interest in photography, Meatyard joined the Lexington Camera Club in 1954. Among the members of the club were Cranston Ritchie and Van Deren Coke, both who would become important mentors and inspiring models in Meatyard’s work. Other subjects of Meatyard’s photographs, included members of his own family. His wife, Madelyn and their three children would enact symbolic dramas, set in ordinary, often abandoned places. Working outside the photographic mainstream, Meatyard experimented with multiple exposures, motion blur, and focus. Meatyard’s final series, The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater, completed shortly before he died in 1972, pays homage to his beloved family and talented friends.
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