Ray Metzker, ‘Philadelphia, 1963’, 1963, Laurence Miller Gallery

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, Milwaukee, WI, USA, based in Philadelphia, PA, United States

Solo Shows

2018
New York, NY, USA,
Ray K. Metzker: The Shape of Light
2018
New York, NY, USA,
Ray K. Metzker: Composites
2016
New York, NY, USA,
Ray K. Metzker: Stripteases and Penn Center pieces
2015
New York, NY, USA,
Ray k. Metzker: The Poet of Light
2014
New York, NY, USA,
Ray K. Metzker: One and Only
2013
New York, NY, USA,
Ray K. Metzker: Whimsy
2011
New York, NY, USA,
Ray K. Metzker: Intimations
2009
New York, NY, USA,
Ray K. Metzker: AutoMagic
2009
New York, NY, USA,
Ray K. Metzker: Wanderings
2005
New York, NY, USA,
Ray K. Metzker: Drawing the Line
2004
New York, NY, USA,
Ray K. Metzker: Atlantic City
2003
New York, NY, USA,
Ray K. Metzker: Chicago 1957-1958
2002
New York, NY, USA,
Ray K. Metzker: Composites

Group Shows

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