Call for Entries - All About Photo Awards 2020

Ralph Gibson

American Photographer | Born: 1939

Ralph Gibson is an American art photographer best known for his photographic books. His images often incorporate fragments with erotic and mysterious undertones, building narrative meaning through contextualization and surreal juxtaposition. Ralph Gibson studied photography while in the US Navy and then at the San Francisco Art Institute. He began his professional career as an assistant to Dorothea Lange and went on to work with Robert Frank on two films. Gibson has maintained a lifelong fascination with books and book-making.

Since the appearance in 1970 of THE SOMNAMBULIST, his work has been steadily impelled towards the printed page. To date he has produced over 40 monographs, his most current projects being "State of the Axe" published by Yale University Press in Fall of 2008 and "NUDE" by Taschen (2009). His photographs are included in over one hundred and fifty museum collections around the world, and have appeared in hundreds of exhibitions. Gibson has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1973, 1975, 1986), a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (D.A.A.D.) Exchange, Berlin (1977), a New York State Council of the Arts (C.A.P.S.) fellowship (1977), and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1985). The Rencontres d'Arles festival presented his work in 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1989 and 1994.

His book "Syntax" received a mention for the Rencontres d'Arles Book Award in 1983. He was decorated as an Officier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1986) and appointed, Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2005) by the French government. His awards include: Leica Medal of Excellence Award (1988), "150 Years of Photography" Award, Photographic Society of Japan (1989), a Grande Medaille de la Ville d'Arles (1994) and the Lucie Award for lifetime achievement (2008). Gibson also received an honorary doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Maryland (1991), and a second honorary doctorate from the Ohio Wesleyan University (1998). He has worked exclusively with the Leica for almost 50 years. Gibson currently lives in New York and travels frequently to Europe and Brazil.

Source: Wikipedia


Having begun his acclaimed photographic career as an apprentice to the great documentarians Dorothea Lange and Robert Frank, Ralph Gibson is known for his highly distinctive vision in still photography. By intensifying contrast and emphasizing the grain of the film in his prints, Gibson concentrates on the minute details: the edge of a cafť table, the arc of a hip, the glint of a fork. Gibsonís works are both formally vigorous and eternally evocative. His photographs are in major private and public collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Bibliotheque Nationale.

Source: Weston Gallery

Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Ralph Gibson
Political Abstraction
Author: Ralph Gibson
Publisher: Lustrum Press
Year: 2015 - Pages: 88
Political Abstraction is the name of a recent series of color and black-and-white photographic diptychs by acclaimed fine art photographer Ralph Gibson. In these works, the viewer experiences several simultaneous visual motions dealing with the migration of color and shape across seemingly simple imagery. The series is born out of a response to the search for visual identity in a digital age. Gibson has devoted his pursuit to the idea that the viewer of the work is the actual subject of the piece itself. Thus, the photographs are relative but not restricted to the intention of the subject or the photographer. These works have been made during travels in eight countries, yet they remain remarkably unified in their perception. In this way, Gibson's visual signature remains intact throughout the entire series.
 
Ralph Gibson: Nude
Author: Ralph Gibson, Eric Fischl
Publisher: Taschen America, LLC
Year: 2012 - Pages: 368
Master photographer Ralph Gibson returns with an exquisite collection of nudes, combining the best of his work with an in-depth interview by Eric Fischl. Strikingly graphic, meticulously composed, and loaded with subtle provocations, Gibson's mysterious, dreamlike images pay homage to greats such as Man Ray and Edward Weston, while continually pursuing new frontiers.
 
Photo LA
Sponsored Link
 
A Better Way to Learn Photoshop, Lightroom & Photography
Sponsored Link

More Great Photographers To Discover

Annick Donkers
Nationality: Belgium
Annick Donkers is a documentary photographer from Antwerp, Belgium. After obtaining a Masterís degree in Psychology, she decided to specialize in photography. She has received a grant from the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was selected to participate in the Seminar on Contemporary Photography at the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City (2008). Her work has been exhibited and published internationally. She was one of the winners at the Survival International (…)
Annick Donkers
Annick Donkers
Annick Donkers
Annick Donkers
Annick Donkers
Annick Donkers
Annick Donkers
Annick Donkers
 
Idan Hojman
Nationality: Israeli
Born: 1980

Idan Hojman was born In Israel in 1980. He started making photography at the age of 21 while traveling in Asia. Idan uses a Rolleiflex analogical camera of medium format, mainly shooting in Black & White. He currently lives in Barcelona, Spain.

Artist Statement:

"For me photography is a form of meditation, a simple observation of what is happening around us, a way to connect with the present moment from instant to (…)
Idan Hojman
Idan Hojman
Idan Hojman
Idan Hojman
Idan Hojman
Idan Hojman
Idan Hojman
Idan Hojman
 
Karen Knorr
Nationality: American
Born: 1954

Karen Knorr was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico in the 1960s. She finished her education in Paris and London. Karen has taught, exhibited and lectured internationally, including at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, The University of Westminster, Goldsmiths, Harvard and The Art Institute of Chicago. She studied at the University of Westminster in the mid-1970s, exhibiting photography that addressed debates in cultural studies and film (…)
Karen Knorr
Karen Knorr
Karen Knorr
Karen Knorr
Karen Knorr
Karen Knorr
Karen Knorr
Karen Knorr
 
Beth Moon
Nationality: American
Born: 1956

San Francisco Bay Area artist, Beth Moon, has gained international recognition for her large-scale, richly toned platinum prints. Since 1999, Moonís work has appeared in more than sixty solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Italy, England, France, Israel, Brazil, Dubai, Singapore, and Canada. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, and the Fox (…)
Beth Moon
Beth Moon
Beth Moon
Beth Moon
Beth Moon
Beth Moon
Beth Moon
Beth Moon
 
Kathleen Meier
Nationality: French
Born: 1992
Kathleen Meier is a french photographer based in Nancy.

She is graduated to the artistic school Ecoles de Condť with a special mention from the jury for her work on the narrative potential in fine art photography.

Her photographs are psychological. Through her subjects she reaches our mental activity, brings out our feelings, forces us to face our fears and desires. She appeals our imagination so that everyone have a full part to play in her work.

(…)
Kathleen Meier
Kathleen Meier
Kathleen Meier
Kathleen Meier
Kathleen Meier
Kathleen Meier
Kathleen Meier
Kathleen Meier
 
Diana Markosian
Nationality: Russian
Born: 1989
Diana Markosian is an American and Russian artist of Armenian descent, working as a documentary photographer, writer, and filmmaker.

She is known for her photo essays, including Inventing My Father, about her relationship with her father, and 1915, about the Armenian genocide.

Markosian was born in Moscow. In 1996, she moved to California with her mother and her brother, while her father remained in Russia. She had no contact with him until 23, when (…)
Diana Markosian
Diana Markosian
Diana Markosian
Diana Markosian
Diana Markosian
Diana Markosian
Diana Markosian
Diana Markosian
 
Francisco Reina
Nationality: Spanish
Born: 1979
Francisco Reina, is a politically and socially-engaged conceptual photographer based in The Netherlands. In his project The Art of Power he meticulously manipulated architectural elements that depict political institutions, making them into impenetrable structures. We see the ruling institutions of today as rational enterprises who's interest should be to further the interest of their societies as a whole. Francisco strongly believes that this notion is not always rooted in (…)
Francisco Reina
Francisco Reina
Francisco Reina
Francisco Reina
Francisco Reina
Francisco Reina
Francisco Reina
Francisco Reina
 
Filippo Venturi
Nationality: Italian
Born: 1980
Filippo Venturi is an Italian documentary photographer working on editorial, corporate, commercial assignments and personal projects.

His works have been published in different newspapers and magazines such as The Washington Post, Financial Times, Vanity Fair, Internazionale, La Stampa, Geo, Marie Claire, Die Zeit, Gente, D di Repubblica, Io Donna/Corriere della Sera. He cooperates with several agencies in Italy and abroad for advertisement projects. He also (…)
Filippo Venturi
Filippo Venturi
Filippo Venturi
Filippo Venturi
Filippo Venturi
Filippo Venturi
Filippo Venturi
Filippo Venturi
 
Sandra Jonkers
Nationality: Netherlands
Born: 1974
Sandra Jonkers was born in 1974 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She has been photographing since 2011 and gradually become one of the most prominent street photographers in the Netherlands. As equipment, she has her camera and her scooter.

When I became acquainted with photography, I have started to experiment with all sorts of forms of photography. It was a big discovery to reveal the dynamics in the most mundane moments on the street, that have turned out (…)
Sandra Jonkers
Sandra Jonkers
Sandra Jonkers
Sandra Jonkers
Sandra Jonkers
Sandra Jonkers
Sandra Jonkers
Sandra Jonkers
 
Matej Michalik
Nationality: Slovak
Born: 1981
My name is Matej Michalik. I was born in 1981 and live in Bratislava, Slovakia. I came in contact with photography in 2010. Apparently, I belong to the new wave of photographers who didnít go through the analogue era and developing films in darkrooms but ended up in times of digital cameras instead. I am convinced that no matter how expensive your photography gear is, having a good imagination is essencial.

From the beginning, my intuition was leading me towards black (…)
Matej Michalik
Matej Michalik
Matej Michalik
Matej Michalik
Matej Michalik
Matej Michalik
Matej Michalik
Matej Michalik
 
Photo LA
Sponsored Link
Join our newsletter
Be up-to-date with call for entries, deadlines and other news about exhibitions, galleries, publications, & special events
 
Photo Contest - All About Photo Awards 2020
 
Discover the 7th Issue of AAP Magazine
All About Photo Magazine showcases the winners of AAP Magazine Competitions
 
 
 
David Bailey: SUMO
Sponsored Link
 
Explore All About Photo