Ralph Eugene Meatyard
Family man, optician, avid reader and photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard created and explored a fantasy world of dolls and masks, in which his family and friends played the central roles on an ever-changing stage. His monograph, The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater, published posthumously in 1974, recorded his wife and…
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black-and-white images of Ralph Eugene Meatyard have long fascinated me and
informed my visual work and writing. Meatyard was, by profession, an optician
in Lexington, Kentucky, yet his personal passion was making photographs. His
subjects were his wife, children, and family friends, who he often posed in
murky settings as they wore masks and held dolls. These images are both
disquieting and euphonious, tapping into something primal that hints at the
secretive world of childhood.
From Mitch's list on to summon the off-kilter beauty of the grotesque.
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