Ralph Eugene Meatyard

Lucybelle Crater and her 15 year Old Son's Friend, 1970-71

Gelatin-silver print, 17.1 x 17.3 cm
Collection Fotomuseum Winterthur
Inv. no. 2004-019-006
© The Estate of Ralph Eugene Meatyard

Ralph Eugene Meatyard
1925 (Normal, US) - 1972 (Lexington, US)

In 1950, while working as an optician, Meatyard took up photography and over the next two decades he created a significant body of work. Photographing his immediate surroundings, his family and his friends, Meatyard produced enigmatic and phantasmagorical images that implicitly reveal his social and economic world. A devotee of modernist literature, he was influenced by writers such as Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound.