Ray K. Metzker, ‘Frankfurt (Kayak)’, 1961, Laurence Miller Gallery
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Ray K. Metzker

Frankfurt (Kayak), 1961

Mounted vintage gelatin silver print
6 1/8 × 9 in
15.6 × 22.9 cm
.
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Exhibition history
Laurence Miller Gallery
New York

#1 from a sold-out edition of 25.
On 11 x 12.75 inch mount. Printed 1968.

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Signature
Signed on mount below image and on mount verso.
Ray K. Metzker
American, 1931–2014
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Considered one of the great masters of American photography, Ray Metzker is known for his vigorously experimental style, including his creation of “multiples”, assemblages of printed strips and single-frame images. A student of Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind at Chicago’s Institute of Design, which was dubbed the “New Bauhaus” after it opened under the direction of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Metzker embraced the school’s avant-garde values. There came to be “a marriage, something of both Siskind and Callahan flowing inside me,” he once said. Metzker’s images are typically characterized by high contrast tones, dynamic angles, and precise compositions of line and shadow. He frequently experimented with multiple exposures and the juxtaposition of images. In an early work, Metzker printed a sequence of 25 images of the brightly lit landing at the base of a dark flight of stairs, presented as a single grid-like picture. Figures appear ascending or descending the stairs, to a rhythmic effect that recalls the photographic innovations of Eadweard Muybridge.

Ray K. Metzker, ‘Frankfurt (Kayak)’, 1961, Laurence Miller Gallery
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About the work
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Laurence Miller Gallery
New York

#1 from a sold-out edition of 25.
On 11 x 12.75 inch mount. Printed 1968.

Medium
Signature
Signed on mount below image and on mount verso.
Ray K. Metzker
American, 1931–2014
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Considered one of the great masters of American photography, Ray Metzker is known for his vigorously experimental style, including his creation of “multiples”, assemblages of printed strips and single-frame images. A student of Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind at Chicago’s Institute of Design, which was dubbed the “New Bauhaus” after it opened under the direction of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Metzker embraced the school’s avant-garde values. There came to be “a marriage, something of both Siskind and Callahan flowing inside me,” he once said. Metzker’s images are typically characterized by high contrast tones, dynamic angles, and precise compositions of line and shadow. He frequently experimented with multiple exposures and the juxtaposition of images. In an early work, Metzker printed a sequence of 25 images of the brightly lit landing at the base of a dark flight of stairs, presented as a single grid-like picture. Figures appear ascending or descending the stairs, to a rhythmic effect that recalls the photographic innovations of Eadweard Muybridge.

Ray K. Metzker

Frankfurt (Kayak), 1961

Mounted vintage gelatin silver print
6 1/8 × 9 in
15.6 × 22.9 cm
.
Contact For Price
Location
New York
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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