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Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Ralph Eugene Meatyard
American, 1925–1972

Date

ca. 1964

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Accession #

1999.34

Dimensions

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Location

Description

An optician by profession, Ralph Eugene Meatyard was a largely self-taught photographer best known for creating images that disrupt the everyday by suggesting absurd narratives for ordinary occurrences. He did not pick up a camera until he became a father, and his children eventually became frequent subjects and collaborators in his work.

Meatyard regularly staged scenes that show his children playing out open-ended fantasies in abandoned buildings and bucolic landscapes in the suburban environs of Lexington, Kentucky. Through his use of props and dilapidated settings, the common family snapshot unfolds with a sense of foreboding.

Credit

Purchase with funds from Lucinda W. Bunnen for the Bunnen Collection in honor of Thomas W. Southall