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brilliant : Ralph Gibson : Refractions 2


In Refractions 2, Ralph Gibson gives intellectual, philosophical and incredibly practical guidance to photographers on how to develop a distinctive visual signature in their work.

When looking at fine photographs – you can identify a Cartier-Bresson, an Atget, a Mann, an Arbus – and a Gibson from across the room. How did these photographers find such a unique and identifiable way of seeing and making photographs?

Gibson reveals his process and openly invites the reader to grow and refine their work by his examples. This book will be useful to advancing photographers, teachers, libraries and collectors alike. As noted by a Gibson student, “an honest read of this book will move you forward many years in your practice of making images.”

“Learn how your lens sees – your lens will learn how your eye sees.” Ralph Gibson

Ralph Gibson (born January 16, 1939) is an American art photographer best known for his bold imagery and technical prowess. Gibson manipulates the camera’s focus to hone in on certain areas of his compositions. In Gibson’s high contrast black and white works, shadows often play a dynamic and even focal role. His images often incorporate fragments with erotic and mysterious undertones, building narrative meaning through contextualization and surreal juxtaposition.


Ralph Gibson : Refractions 2
Published par brilliant
Format: Softbound
Measurements: 7-3/8” w x 11” h x 3/4” / 2.20 lbs
ISBN: 978-0-692-04743-9

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