Ralph Gibson

Born 1939. American photographer best known for his photographic books. His images often incorporate fragments with erotic and mysterious undertones, building narrative meaning through contextualization and surreal juxtaposition.

Gibson enlisted in the United States Navy in 1956 and became a Photographers Mate studying photography until 1960. Gibson then continued his photography studies at the San Francisco Art Institute between 1960 - 1962. He began his professional career as an assistant to Dorothea Lange from 1961 to 1962 and went on to work with Robert Frank on two films.

Gibson has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1973, 1975, 1986), a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Berlin (1977), the New York State Council on the Arts (C.A.P.S.) (1977), and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1985).

The Rencontres d'Arles festival presented his work in 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1989 and 1994. His book "Syntax" received a mention for the Rencontres d'Arles Book Award in 1983. He was decorated as an Officier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1986) and appointed Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2005) by the French government.

His awards include: Leica Medal of Excellence Award (1988), "150 Years of Photography" Award, Photographic Society of Japan (1989), a Grande Medaille de la Ville d'Arles (1994) and the Lucie Award for lifetime achievement in Fine Art (2007).
Ralph Gibson

Ralph Gibson - Mono

Exhibition open: 06.05.2015 - 14.06.2015
Curator: Rafał Łochowski, Wojtek Wieteska

For Gibson, photography has never been the medium allowing capturing an exceptional moment. Instead, he focused on changing ordinary objects and situations into photographic works of art. A characteristic of Gibson’s work is the building of narratives and relationships among his photographs.