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Wednesday, 15 October 2014


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I've never particularly liked what I saw of his work -- much too formal and cerebral for me, not enough "heart."
But I guess that it's time to go back and see if I missed something. I hope so.

Asked on another blog post but I'll repeat it here as I'm sure there are many who want to know the answer.

Keith, does Yale University Press intend to reprint the The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker?


Prices have gone silly in the used book market and some of us missed out the first time around. It seems now is a good time to do it.

[I think Yale just distributed the book--it was published by the Museum. But maybe Keith can illuminate for us. I'll pass this along to him privately. --Mike]

Thank you, Keith, for sharing a wonderful tribute and remembrance with us. Ray's work -- the variety of his vision and strength of his craftsmanship -- has been a powerful influence and inspiration to me.

I discovered Ray's work here on TOP - it was worth following TOP a long time just for this (and many other gifts that pour forth from here - thank you!

Thanks to TOP I purchased The Photographs of Ray Metzker in time and I do hope it will be reprinted. The landscapes in it came as a surprise among the other subjects. His Landscapes book is a jewel. Bill Mitchell: if you have a look at some of those luminous landscapes (that adjective fits them more than to most landscape photographs I believe), I expect you too would find there is a lot of Ray's heart in them.

If the Landscapes book interests you get a copy while there are still some available in the second-hand market in relatively good price ranges.

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