Item #CL191-119 [Abstraction]. Ralph Eugene Meatyard, American.
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c1955-1960. Vintage silver gelatin photograph, numeric annotations in pencil and signed by wife “Madelyn O. Meatyard” in ink verso, 24.6 x 19.2cm.

Born in Normal, Illinois, Meatyard initially considered a career in dentistry before becoming an optometrist along with his wife at the end of WWII. He purchased his first camera from the “optometry shop where he worked in Lexington, Kentucky in 1950. He soon became a very serious amateur photographer, joining the Lexington Camera Club and the Pictorial Division of the Photographic Society of America in 1954, exhibiting his photographs with both groups. Meatyard’s early photographs contain all the visual elements of his mature work: blurred images, fabricated scenarios, masks and dolls, and a pervading dark humor. He eventually opened his own optometry shop in 1967, which doubled as an exhibition space; there Meatyard hung the work of well-known photographers like Emmit Gowin, as well as his own work. He died in Lexington in 1972.” Ref: Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Item #CL191-119

Price (AUD): $2,650.00  other currencies

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