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Untitled

A work made of gelatin silver print.
© The Estate of Ralph Eugene Meatyard.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

1961

Artist:

Ralph Eugene Meatyard
American, 1925–1972

About this artwork

While other, more documentary-minded photographers in the postwar era attempted to capture a slice of the world as it whizzed by in front of their cameras, the Kentucky optician Ralph Eugene Meatyard joined a growing group of artists who preferred to create their own realities. His pictures were deliberate and directed; as he wrote in 1961, “I will never make an accidental photograph!” In his staged images, decaying houses served as scenery, dolls and masks as props, and his own family as actors. Here Meatyard’s oldest son, Michael, peers through the panes of a half-open door; two dolls, positioned more like sentries than toys, stand guard.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Ralph Eugene Meatyard

Title

Untitled

Place

United States (Artist's nationality)

Date

Made 1961

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

Image/paper: 16.5 × 17.6 cm (6 1/2 × 6 15/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Christopher and Diane Meatyard

Reference Number

2011.357

Copyright

© The Estate of Ralph Eugene Meatyard.

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