Raymond Meeks, ‘Lara, Nova Scotia’, 2013, Light Work

Silver gelatin print, 10 x 8″ on 14 x 11″ paper
Shipped in a 18 x 14″ mat

Signature: Signed and numbered by the artist

Raymond Meeks is a self-taught photographer who focuses on subjects close to home and the heart, producing quiet, dreamlike images of himself and his family, as well as the surrounding natural and built environment. As he describes, “I photograph in response to my immediate surroundings: landscapes that I walk or drive past nearly every day, and my family and the ever familiar backyard. There is no real intent other than to make a record of time and place.” He shoots in both color and black-and-white, working primarily with a film-based camera, hand printing from negatives in his own darkroom, and often binding his prints together into handcrafted artist books. Time—and its inexorable passage—is at the heart of his work. Meeks’ photographs are in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Columbus Museum of Fine Arts; the Corcoran Gallery of Art; and the Bibliotheque Nationale, France. He is the co-founder of Orchard Journal, which was established as a collaborative conversation between artist, subject, and viewer. Meeks participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program in June 2012.

About Raymond Meeks

Self-taught photographer Raymond Meeks focuses on subjects close to home and heart, producing quiet, dreamlike images of himself and his family, as well as the surrounding natural and built environment. As he describes: “I photograph in response to my immediate surroundings: landscapes that I walk or drive past nearly every day, and my family and the ever familiar backyard. There is no real intent other than to make a record of time and place.” He shoots in color and black-and-white, working primarily with a film-based camera, hand printing from negatives in his own darkroom, and often binding his prints together into handcrafted books. Time—and its inexorable passage—is at the heart of Meeks’s work. In his “Pretty Girls Wander” series (2011), for example, he photographs his daughter, Abbey, next to railroad tracks and trains, symbolic of her passage into adulthood

American, b. 1963, Columbus, Ohio, based in Portland, Oregon

Solo Shows

2011
Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, 
Portland,
Raymond Meeks: Amwell | Continuum

Group Shows

2014
Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, 
Portland,
SEVEN
2014
Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, 
Portland,
Shine: Winter Group Exhibition