The Eye of Photography is devoting a special edition to an original Ralph Gibson’s exhibition at the Thierry Bigaignon Gallery, in Paris.
In a new exhibition at the Thierry Bigaignon Gallery, Ralph Gibson revisits his career… in music! Following the 2016 exhibition showing the recent, digital, large format color works of Ralph Gibson, the gallery offered the American artist to revisit fifteen of his most iconic photographs. Each photograph, shot between 1968 and 1990, come with a musical piece which was specifically composed, played and recorded by the artist for this exhibit.
Working alongside Ralph Gibson in his New York studio, Thierry Bigaignon understood that music had a huge part in Gibson’s life. “Music is a universal language,” said the photographer. “All art strives to be music. Closing your eyes will turn any photograph in an abstract souvenir. Music is different. It cannot be ignored. The ears don’t have eyelids!” The new exhibition all stems from that idea, the starting point of an unprecedented adventure.
Each of these black & white silver gelatin prints comes in an edition of three only, and all show a hand-written and signed musical score by the artist on their verso. An additional innovation lies in the frame, specially designed for the gallery integrating an NFC chip allowing the collector to stream the music of each photograph on a smartphone while viewing it.
“It is our gift to collectors, and photography enthusiasts alike, who have followed and admired for decades the immense body of work of this legendary artist,” said Thierry Bigaignon.
Ralph Gibson, “Vu, Imprévu”
17 March – 12 May 2018
Galerie Thierry Bigaignon
9 rue Charlot