Ralph Gibson  

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Ralph Gibson (b. January 16, 1939, Los Angeles, California) is an American art photographer. His images often incorporate fragments with erotic and mysterious undertones, building narrative meaning through contextualization and surreal juxtaposition.



Gibson took up photography while serving in the U.S. Navy (1956-60), studied at the San Francisco Art Institute (1960-62), and later worked as an assistant to Dorothea Lange and Robert Frank. With Frank, Gibson worked on the film Me and My Brother (1967-69) and as cameraman on Conversations in Vermont (1969). That same year he moved to New York City, where he established his personal studio. Gibson has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1973, 1975) and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1985), a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (daad) Exchange, Berlin (1977), a New York Creative Artists Public Service Grant (1977), and a Grande Medaille de la Ville d'Arles (1994). He was made an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government (1986) and awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Maryland (1991).

Gibson currently divides his time between New York and France.

Selected works

  • The Somnambulist Lustrum Press, 1970; part 1 of a trilogy
  • Déjà-Vu Lustrum Press, 1973, part 2 of a trilogy
  • Days at Sea Lustrum Press, 1975, part 3 of a trilogy
  • Syntax (1983)
  • Tropism (1987)
  • L'Anonyme (1987)
  • L'Histoire de France (1991), introduction by Marguerite Duras.

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