RALPH GIBSON
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Ralph Gibson is an American photographer.  

He was born in Los Angeles in 1939. 
He studies photography in the United States Navy and then at the San Francisco Art Institute.
He began his professional career as an assistant to
  Dorothea Lange  and later works with  Robert Frank , for whom he also acts as a cameraman in a couple of films.
He spent long stays in France, where he made most of his publications, such as L'Histoire de France (1991).
His images often incorporate fragments with erotic and surreal overtones. A peculiar feature of his style is the use of extreme contrasts. Through his lens, Gibson, a formalist of photography, approaches places and people by combining his vision of the world with a constant attention to the composition and proportions of images.
His interest in photography has evolved from reportage to introspective and personal expression.
The subjects chosen by Ralph Gibson for his photographs are essential.
For him, the perception of the subject is more important than photography. His images reflect the sensation and emotional state that a certain place produces at a certain time.
Gibson mainly uses black and white film, but also color and uses a 35mm format Leica. Using the wide angle lens accentuates the dynamics and tension of the image in the warped space. The use of coarse-grained films gives the photographs particular graphic characteristics, evoking fantastic-surreal worlds.
Gibson is famous thanks to a series of photographic books, produced by the publishing house he founded: the Lustrum Press.
He has maintained a lifelong fascination with books and has produced over 40 monographs to date.


 

Some important titles:

The Somnambulist;

Déjà Vu;

Days at Sea;

State of the Ax;

Brazil;

Infanta;

Nude;

Tropism;

Notes sur la photographie.


 

His photographs are included in over 150 museum collections around the world and have appeared in hundreds of exhibitions.
He was decorated as an Officier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1986), named Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
  (2005) by the French government.
Numerous awards achieved:
  Leica Medal of Excellence Award (1988), Photographic Society of Japan (1989), a Grande Medaille de la Ville d'Arles (1994) and the Lucie Award for Lifetime Achievement (2008).
Gibson also received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from the University of Maryland (1991) and an honorary doctorate from Ohio Wesleyan University (1998).
He worked exclusively with Leica
  for almost 50 years.
His search for the “ideal place” to photograph led him to Los Angeles and later to New York, where he lives and works.
He has traveled extensively in Europe and Brazil.

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Writing

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Infanta

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Mouth

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Nude in Malibu

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Tropism

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Nude in the shade

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Nude with feather

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Pubis

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Profile

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Semioticapocalypse

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Stick

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Hands

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Umbrellas

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Coffee

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Clock

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Travelers

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Travelers

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Military

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Turban

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Nuca

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Man asleep

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Clochard

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Guitars

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Hair

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Fetish

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Bahian woman

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Doorman