Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Leica Camera reports:

Ralph Gibson live in Wetzlar

The Leica World in Wetzlar starts with a special cultural event in the New Year: On 16th January the famous photographer Ralph Gibson will talk about his life as photographer and about his experiences with the Leica M Monochrom.
From 19.00 guests are invited to join this special event and to view his work.

Ralph Gibson was born in Los Angeles in 1939. He studied photography in the US Navy and at the San Francisco Art Institute, and later worked as an assistant to Dorothea Lange and Robert Frank. In 1969, Gibson established Lustrum Press. Since then over 40 monographs of Gibson’s work have been published.

For decades, Ralph Gibson – master of shadows and elegant nudes – was convinced that digital photography would never measure up to analogue. The American photographer had been taking pictures with analogue Leicas since 1961. In 2013 he had a visit from Duncan Meeder, owner of the Leica Store Lisse/Henny Hoogeveen near Amsterdam, who made him a special offer: a Ralph Gibson edition of the Leica M Monochrom, as well as prints and a book – all photos to be taken with the camera. Gibson agreed to the proposal and a short while later was exploring the potential of a digital camera for the first time.

Leica M Monochrom Ralph Gibson edition

The Mono series taken with the M Monochrom emerged over the following months: the images were taken in ten different countries – a journey around the world in contrasting black and white. At a first glance there is no common thread between them: daily scenes on the street, abstract cut-outs, immaculate bodies. However, though often insignificant moments, the pictures capture an exciting interplay of lines, light and darkness, and come together in a harmonious whole.

You are welcome on the evening of 16th January 2015 at Leitz-Park Wetzlar, when the renowned photographer will tell the story behind his artistic work. To take part in an hour-long Twitter chat with Ralph Gibson at 3:00 PM CET ask your questions directly to @leica_camera and include #LeicaChat in your tweet. Furthermore a book about the exhibition is available upon request.

In addition to the exhibition ‘Mono’ by Ralph Gibson also look out for the exhibition ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Prize 2014’ with expressive images from the winners Martin Kollar and Alejandro Cegarra at Gallery Wetzlar.
All exhibitions can be viewed until March 2015 at Gallery Wetzlar, Monday to Friday from 10.00 until 20.00 and at the weekend from 10.00 until 18.00.

Please Note: Attendance at the event is free but the number of spaces is limited, therefore interested parties should apply via e-mail to lecture@leica-camera.com.


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