This is the title page for a portfolio of photographs, "Ralph Gibson, The Silver Edition - Volume I." Below the title line are five images of the black and white photographs contained in the portfolio.
This is a portfolio of photographs by Ralph Gibson created to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of his photographic career. He is well-known for his balanced compositions with strong curves, shapes and lines and photographs published in book form.
"I have investigated a lot of ideas - I love taking pictures of nothing, of ordinary objects, maybe even just the corner of a room. I love flattening and even reducing things. When I photograph flesh, I like to make it look like a stone. But, when I am photographing a stone, I like to make it look alive. I love re-contextualizing the quality of my subjects."
This black and white photograph shows a portion of a woman's face against a solid black background. It is a close-up view of her right cheek, eye and eyebrow. She is gazing downward so the lashes and lid partially cover her eye.
This is the cover photograph for Ralph Gibson's book, "Infanta", (1995) that presented a group of his photographic studies of women. His abstraction of facial features against a blank black background reveals his formalist, yet sensual approach. "When I make a photograph, I move in closer and I take things away, and I take things away, until I get everything out the frame except what I want. Therefore my process is considered subtractive." [www.bermangraphics.com/press/ralphgibson.htm]
This black and white photograph depicts a partial view of a nude woman's body set against a solid black background. The figure is facing away from the viewer showing only the left portion of her torso, thigh and arm.