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Souvenirs of Ralph Gibson


The idea here is that I was in Arles in 1975. I had just read that Van Gogh loved the noon-day sun of Arles. So I decided to go out at precisely 12:00pm and make a photograph in homage to VG. I came across the architectural detail and noticed that the shadow area was as important visually as the actual architecture. I made this photograph with a 500mm lens at exactly one meter distance from the subject. This meant that if I made a 16×20″ print there would be no reduction in scale between the original stone and the size of the stone in the print. I made these other images with the same formula in mind and created the series “Quadrants:. When I made my debut show at Castelli Gallery in New York these images were what I showed, among others, all made one meter away .

Archives of the Eye of Photography – Ralph the ralph, 2011

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