Aug 20, 2007




Ralph Eugene Meatyard

(American, 1925-1972)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 18.8 x 18.7 cm (7 3/8 x 7 3/8 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1989.55

Did you know?

Ralph Eugene Meatyard spent many weekends with family and friends exploring and photographing in abandoned, dilapidated old mansions.


A licensed optician, Ralph Eugene Meatyard took up photography in 1954. A mystical sensibility permeates nearly all his work, but is especially pronounced in his pictures of blurred people, their forms distorted by the use of a slow shutter speed. In this example, they wander through an empty, decrepit house like ghosts or figures in a dream.

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