Headshot, portrait, street and documentary photographer in NYC and Jersey City

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Legends - Ralph Gibson

Born:

1939, Los Angeles

Gear:

Leica MP, M6, Monochrome

Influences:

Eugène Atget
Walker Evans
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Robert Frank
Alexey Brodovitch
Dorothea Lange

References:

ralphgibson.com

Wikipedia

Key Publications:

 

The Somnambulist
The Black Trilogy

“To be able to see in concrete terms what was created in a fraction of a second is a rare luxury. Even though fixed in time, a photograph evokes as much feeling as that which comes from music or dance. Whatever the mode – from the snapshot to the decisive moment to multi-media montage – the intent and purpose of photography is to render in visual terms feelings and experiences that often elude the ability of words to describe. In any case, the eyes have it, and the imagination will always soar farther than was expected.”

“Photographic technique is no secret and – provided the interest is there – easily assimilated. But inspiration comes from the soul and when the Muse isn’t around even the best exposure meter is very little help. In their biographies, artists like Michelangelo, da Vinci and Bach said that their most valuable technique was their ability to inspire themselves. This is true of all artists; the moment there is something to say, there becomes a way to say it.”