Ray K. METZKER, Nathalie Herschdorfer (ed.), William A. Ewing (text), Flavia COCCHI (Book Design)

Notes de Lumiere

HC with dust jacket, 28 x 28 x 2 cm., 287
pp., 180 tritone b/w ills., tetx language: French.
Steidl 2008.
ISBN 9783865214447

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"Spectacular work overview of this famous photographer! Exciting!

The goal of this publication, 'Notes de Lumiere' (Notes of light) is a fully-retrospective presentation of the work of Ray K. METZKER, one of the most important and original American photographers of the second half of the twentieth century.

The book 'Notes de Lumiere' with more than 200 high-quality reproductions, features all aspects of his prolific career of more fifty years - which still shows no sign of abating.
Well-known and much-exhibited in the United States, METZKER is inexplicably less well-known outside the States.

This retrospective survey encompasses the full range of Metzker`s brilliant, constantly evolving, formal language. Although METZKER has photographed in Europe on several occasions, he has never felt the need to travel to particularly exotic climes for inspiration.
He finds it readily at hand in the neighbourhoods where he has lived - principally Chicago and Philadelphia - and increasingly in the domain of nature, though the vegetation he depicts in such original form might well be that of a weed-clogged vacant city lot as much as the vast open plains of the American West." (publisher's note, © Steidl, 2008)

About the photographer, Ray K. METZKER:
Educated between 1956 and 1959 at the Art Institute of Chicago, which had several years earlier been known as the New Bauhaus, METZKER inherited the rich vocabulary of approaches and ideas which had defined avant-garde photography between the wars: photomontage, solarisation, multiple printing of negatives, unique perspectives, diagonals, etc.
From his first exposure to photography, METZKER never lost his urge to experiment with the grammar and syntax of the medium, whether it was games played within the camera itself (his Doubleframes, for example), or complex manipulations in the darkroom (his celebrated Composites).
Decomposing, recomposing, deconstructing, reconstructing - METZKER reminds us of the great and inexhaustible potential of black and-white imagery - as practiced by a master." (publisher's note, © Steidl, 2008)

"Light Lines was edited and sequenced by William A. Ewing the director at the Musee de l'Elysee and it presents a chronologic walk through Metzker's life in photography. Even for those readers who are familiar with these bodies of work, this catalog is dense with more than 200 images, many of which are not represented in his other books. The quality of those reproductions is close to perfect. Since Metzker's work often relies on deep black tonalities, the printing has to be rich in order to represent the work well - this title does just that. Along with a very clean design and large trim size Light Lines is a hard book to resist. This work has finally been given the full attention it has long deserved." (Jeffrey Ladd, source: http://5b4.blogspot.de/2008/08/ray-k-metzker-light-lines_8413.html)