Signature: Signed, referenced and editioned on verso
This print was included in Ray's 1984 retrospective, UNKNOWN TERRITORY, which opened at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and traveled the US for two years, including the HIGH museum.
"EXH#33" in pencil verso, presumably written by the registrar of the MFA Houston. The print is #33 in the exhibition catalogue that accompanied the monograph.
About Ray Metzker
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.
American, 1931-2014, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin