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City Whispers, Philadelphia, 1983. Ray K. Metzker (American, born 1931). 
Gelatin silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. © Ray K. Metzker 


The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker and the Institute of Design

At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center
September 25, 2012–February 24, 2013


Ray K. Metzker (American, born 1931) is one of the most innovative photographers of the last half-century. Utilizing experimental techniques such as high-contrast printing, multiple exposure, and composite images, he creates photographs that strike a unique balance between formal brilliance, optical innovation, and a deep human regard for the objective world. A graduate of Chicago's Bauhaus-inspired Institute of Design, Metzker studied with renowned photographers Harry Callahan (American, 1912–1999) and Aaron Siskind (American, 1903–1991). An introduction to the climate of intense photographic experimentation fostered by teachers and emulated by students at the school accompanies this overview of Metzker's career. The exhibition, which originated at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City), is supplemented by selections from the Getty Museum's permanent collection and other key loans.


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