This is a black and white photograph with an elevated point of view. It depicts a thick diagonal white line on pavement with a figure standing on the left beside it. The figure is only partially shown with a dark silhouette, but details of his shoe, placed parallel the to white line, are precise. The figure holds a long thin plank of wood at his side that mimics the diagonal white line.
Ralph Gibson is well known for publishing his photographs in book form and he created his own company, Lustrum Press, in New York City in 1969.This work is from "Déjà-Vu" (1972), one of the books that established his career as a creative photographer. "I embrace the abstract in photography and exist on a few bits of order, extracted from the chaos of reality. ["Light Years" 1996]
Multicolored silk with gold and silver threads, woven in T-paper (sayagata) pattern
Zôri are flat sandals, similar in form to flip-flops, commonly worn with traditional Japanese clothing. Zôri styles can range from casual to formal, and a pair covered in woven material like this would have been very elegant.
This etching contains two women walking in high-heels towards the right and one woman standing in the middle, her face obscured. The woman to the far right carries a handbag. All three women wear knee-length skirts.
Black silk damask with interwoven black lacquered threads that create a shiny effect in the light. Marked "Shizuko" on the bottom.
Zôri are flat sandals, similar in form to flip-flops, commonly worn with traditional Japanese clothing. Zôri styles can range from casual to formal, and a pair covered in brocade like this would have been reserved to formal attire.