About the American photographer, Ralph GIBSON (b. 1939, in Los Angeles)

Ralph GIBSON is an art photographer best known for his photo volumes. His images often incorporate fragments with erotic and mysterious undertones, building narrative meaning through contextualization and surreal juxtaposition. In 1956 he enlisted in the United States Navy and became a Photographers Mate studying photography until 1960. Then he continued his photography studies at the San Francisco Art Institute between (1960-1962). His professional career he started as an assistant to Dorothea LANGE (1961-1962) and went on to work with Robert FRANK on two films (1967-1968). Asked by The New York Times for his main sources of inspiration, he recommended what he considered to be five seminal works: 'Vision of Paris' by Eugéne ATGET, 'American Photographs' by Walker EVANS, 'Decisive Moment' by Henri CARTIER--BRESSON, 'The Americans' by Robert FRANK as well as 'Ballet' by Alexey BRODOVITCH.
In 1969 he went to New York where he formed Lustrum Press to exert control over the reproduction of his work. He has maintained a lifelong fascination with books and book-making since the appearance in 1970 of 'The Somnambulist' towards the printed page. He also published 'Tulsa' by Larry CLARK (1971). To date he has produced over 40 monographs. His photographs are included in over one hundred and fifty museum collections around the world, and have appeared in hundreds of exhibitions. He has worked exclusively with the Leica for almost 50 years.

Photo books by, on the work and with participation of Ralph GIBSON

'Somnabulist' (1970, 1979); 'Deja Vu' (1973); 'Days at Sea' (1974); 'SX-70 Art' (1979); 'Syntax' (1983); 'Tropism' (1987); 'L'Anonyme' (1987); 'Light Years' (1996); 'Deus ex Machina' (1999); 'Ex Libris' (2001); 'Light Strings' (2004); 'Brazil' (2005); 'Refractions' (2005); 'State of the Axe' (2008); 'Nude' (2009, 2012); 'Coda' (2010); 'Diptych' (2011); 'Mask' (2011); 'Quartet' (2012); ''Passe Imparfait' 2012); 'Ralph Gibson' (2013); '50 Years' (2013); 'Mono' (2014); 'Political Abstraction' (2015); 'Self Exposure' (2018); 'The Black Trilogy' (2018); 'Fotografen-Legenden und ihre Kameras' (2019); 'Sacred Land' (2020)

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In this out-of-print photo volume, 'Nude', American photographer Ralph GIBSON shows a collection of nudes, his best works. His mysterious, dreamlike images pay homage to such greats as MAN RAY and Edward WESTON, while continually pursuing new frontiers.
78,00 € Weight 3.4 kg
This out-of-print photo volume, 'Passé Imparfait: La Route de devenir photographe,' by Ralph GIBSON, surveys the beginnings of the American photographer's career in San Francisco (1960 to 1963), Los Angeles (1963 to 1966), and New York in 1967 - 1970).
35,00 € Weight 0.9 kg
49,90 € *
In his 'The Americans List II' Jason ESKENAZI collected answers by photographers visiting the 'Looking In' exhibition about 'The Americans' by Robert FRANK, choosing their favorite image and why. The book could to become a classic in photography education
98,00 € * Weight 0.2 kg
Pb. 22 x 31 x 2 cm., 200 pp., 170 lls., English
0,00 € *
'Photographers A-Z' brings together photographers who have made a significant contribution to photographic culture, as well as the most important photographic volumes of the past century. The entries are illustrated with facsimiles from books & magazines.
from 16,00 €
The compendium 'Augen auf!' offers an art and cultural history of the Leica from the 1920s to the present day. With essays on the technical genesis of the Leica, its influence on modern photojournalism and its significance for the photographic avant-garde
from 88,00 €

Asked by The New York Times for his main sources of inspiration, Ralph GIBSON named five seminal works:

  • 'Vision of Paris' von Eugéne ATGET, 
    'American Photographs' von Walker EVANS,
    'The Decisive Moment' von Henri CARTIER-BRESSON,
    'The Americans' von Robert FRANK as well as 
    'Ballet' von Alexey BRODOVITCH.

  • 2021: Leica Hall of Fame Award
    2019: International Photography Hall of Fame St. Louis, Missouri
    2016: Photographer of the Year, Palm Springs Fine Art Fair
    ​2015: Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Award; American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award
    2011: FOTOmentor Lifetime Award, Palm Beach Photographic Center
    2007: The Lucie Award
    1999: Silver Plum Design Trust for Public Space
    1997: Doctor of Fine Arts, Ohio Wesleyan University
    1994: Grand Medal of the City of Arles, France
    1991: Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, University of Maryland
    1989: Eastman Kodak Grant to photography, 'L'Histoire de France', '150 Years of Photography' Award, Photographic Society of Japan
    1988: Leica Medal of Excellence Award
    1986: Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
    1985: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship
    1977: D.A.A.D West Berlin, Germany; C.A.P.S., New York State Council of the Arts Fellowship
    1973 & 1975: National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship