Ray K. Metzker

(American, 1931-2014)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 34.5 x 34.1 cm (13 9/16 x 13 7/16 in.); Paper: 50.7 x 40.4 cm (19 15/16 x 15 7/8 in.); Matted: 61 x 50.8 cm (24 x 20 in.)

Gift of the Artist 1991.213

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In 1985 Metzker began to concentrate on the natural landscape, a new subject for him, commencing a dramatic break from his previous dark and primarily urban work. A distinctive feature of this light-filled close-up photograph is his deliberate positioning of the camera so that the nearest elements are rendered out of focus, blurring spatial distinctions while increasing the photograph’s overall sensation of ambiguity. Additionally, Metzker avoided the hierarchy of a typical landscape, with its clearly established center of interest. Instead, the image is bombarded by an abundance of fluid, visual elements throughout the composition, all demanding equal and simultaneous attention.

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