Ralph Gibson – Mono

06.05 - 14.06.2015
  • Ralph Gibson

    Ralph Gibson

  • Ralph Gibson

    Ralph Gibson

  • Ralph Gibson

    Ralph Gibson

  • Ralph Gibson

    Ralph Gibson

  • Ralph Gibson

    Ralph Gibson

  • Ralph Gibson

    Ralph Gibson

Ralph Gibson was born in 1939 in Los Angeles. His adventure with photography started already when he served in the US Navy, following which he graduated from the San Francisco Institute of Art. He worked as assistant to Dorothea Lange and Robert Frank – two legendary photographers. Gibson very quickly started working on his own projects. His artistic career has been blooming for over five decades now. He is known for his love for books and photographic albums, he has several dozen publications to his name. In the 1970s he set up his own publishing house, Lustrum Press.

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. He considers this extremely important. Therefore his exhibitions are different – not just collections of individual photographs, rather they are tales, built through relations between images.

Gibson is photographing with Leica cameras since 1961. He was photographing on film only for over 50 years. It is therefore a novelty that MONO was shot using only a digital camera – the Leica M Monochrom.

The project itself was created in the course of several months in 2013, during Gibson’s travel round the world. This is very classical, typical Gibson-style photography. The formal play of shapes and shadows are intertwined with emotions. The artist observes the world and skillfully builds tension, through his masterful control of composition and light.

This is how Ralph Gibson recounts his work on this project: These words about making images could be written in English, French, or any number of languages we know exist in the world. I am writing both about images, and my lifelong relationship to the creative process. We could talk about the moon in many different languages, but it would still be the moon being described.

So, when I work in digital, I might be describing the same subject, but in a different language, a somewhat altered syntax. But the subject is the same… And the very moment I discovered that I could get my “look” on digital, I was convinced that this was a new language I wanted very much to explore.

Curator: Rafał Łochowski, Wojtek Wieteska
Exhibition open: Pon. - Sob.: 10-20; Nie.: 12-18