Ralph Gibson

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Ralph Gibson (www.ralphgibson.com) was born in Hollywood, California in 1939. His father was assistant director to Alfred Hitchcock and as a young boy he would visit the set during filming. He was impressed by the power of the camera lens and the intensity of lights. Ralph studied photography while in the US Navy and then at the San Francisco Art Institute. He began his professional career as an assistant to Dorthea Lange and went on to work with Robert Frank on two films.

Ralph has maintained a lifelong fascination with books and bookmaking. Since the appearance in 1970 of The Somnambulist, his work has been steadily impelled towards the printed page. To date his work has been published in over 40 monographs. His photographs are included in over one 170 museum collections around the world, and have appeared in hundreds of solo exhibitions. He has lectured and led workshops in over 20 countries over the past 40 years. In 2013 he spoke in schools and museums in China, Brazil, Australia and Bali.

Ralph?s awards include fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Leica Medal of Excellence, the Lucie Lifetime Award and the Silver Plumb Award. He is a Commandeur de L?Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France, and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Maryland and Ohio Wesleyan University. In March of 2015 he received the Lifetime Artist Achievement Award from the Guild Hall Academy of the Arts. In 2016 he received the Photographer of the Year Award form the Palm Springs Fine Art Festival.

In 2010 Ralph collaborated with Lou Reed on the film Red Shirley which was screened in 14 film festivals throughout Europe and North America. The High Museum of Art held a retrospective of his work entitled ?Quartet? in 2012.

Recently Ralph has incorporated his photographs and musical compositions into film and live performances. He has performed Typography and One Way with the wind instrumentalist Jon Gibson at Roulette and the Stone in New York. Recent performances in 2013 include the Burchfield-Penny Art Center Testify Festival in Buffalo, NY and The Central China Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing.

He endorsed a limited edition of the Leica Monochrom camera which bears his signature on the top plate. In September 2014 the Goeun Museum in Busan, Korea presented a retrospective of his work. In December of 2015 he delivered a TEDx talk entitled ?Finding Your Visual Identity in the Digital Age.? Since 2014 he has been the Chair of Contemporary Photography at the New York Film Academy.

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Julia Dean Interviews Ralph Gibson

LACP Founder and Executive Director Julia Dean asks Ralph Gibson ten questions about his background, career in and beliefs about photography ?

Julia Dean: What kind of photographer are you?

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