Ralph Gibson

Ralph Gibson

"Music has played an important role in Ralph Gibson's development. Music theory states that a given chord, once struck, liber-ates additional tonalities which could not otherwise be heard. This influence is appar ent in his earliest photographs." Miles Barth

Leica presents the work of celebrated photographer Ralph Gibson. For over forty years, Gibson has produced pictures that highlight his unique eye for the details of the world. Gibson has produced many books throughout is forty year career, includuing his most recent works "Ex Libris," a celebration of the glory of books, and"Deus Ex Machina," a dramatic look at the city of New York and the nation of France. Gibson's lens trains best on the details of people's lives, the intimate moments, and the sense of scale imparted by a close-up view. On display will be Gibson prints from past and present.

   

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David Johnson

David Johnson

David D. Johnson is a Washington native photographer whose lens is continually trained towards the juxtapositions between civilization and the natural world. In his continuing series titled "The Wolf is at the Door," Johnson frames a series of moments that wryly capture the ways in which humanity's rush to know nature as imagery often results in a noble-savage view of animals and plants, where the savagery is used for impact but bled of all real meaning by backdrop and context. A wolf’s face on a glass window of a door. A car parked in front of a tropical beach that turns out to be a mural. The school of fish that line a crowded street. The remarkable thing about Johnson's images is that he need not set them up – they exist already in our topsy-turvy culture, which all too often appropriates animals in particular and nature in general to elucidate warm and playful feelings that may not at all reflect the reality of life in the wild. And while Johnson's images could be dismissed as whimsical or ironic, Johnson's message offers a serious critique of our "embrace" of nature, despite the humor of his pictures.

 

 
   


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