Ralph Gibson

Image: © Ralph Gibson

Leica devotee Ralph Gibson talks about his long career – from 1960–2019 – encompassing about 250 images and including all major projects and books.


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Ralph Gibson is known for his evocative, sensual and surreal gaze – producing deeply monochrome images via the combination of vision, camera and oily black print. Gibson has been compiling images for over 60 years with his first introduction to photography taking place during his time in the U.S. Navy in the late 1950s. He went on to study photography at the California School of Fine Arts, to work in the dark rooms of Dorothea Lange and Robert Frank and to create the stela and revered bodies of work; The Somnambulist, Deja-Vu, Days at Sea and Quadrants to name only some. He founded the publishing company, Lustrum Press and was the first person to publish Larry Clarke’s book; Tulsa.