Ray K. Metzker. Light Lines
Steidl Verlag, Londen, 2008 & Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne
out of print
Well-known and much-exhibited in the United States, Metzker is inexplicably less well-known outside the States. For more than 50 years, Metzker has bent the medium of photography to meet his curiosities. His many series of photographs usually depart from traditional individual picture making to take advantage of multiple frames, composites and printing techniques that produce puzzling and pleasing results. His is a concern for formalism tied to humanity which reinvents itself through his many working methods.
This retrospective survey encompasses the full range of Metzker’s brilliant, constantly evolving, formal language.
Although Metzker has photographed in Europe on several occasions, he has never felt the need to travel to particularly exotic climes for inspiration. He finds it readily at hand in the neighbourhoods where he has lived – principally Chicago and Philadelphia – and increasingly in the domain of nature, though the vegetation he depicts in such original form might well be that of a weed-clogged vacant city lot as much as the vast open plains of the American West.
This book is published on the occasion of Ray K. Metzker: Light Lines retrospective at the Musee de l’Elysee in Lausanne 2008