Renowned Photographer Ralph Gibson to Speak at Richland College
Richland College is proud to present renowned photographer Ralph Gibson at 7 p.m., Thurs., March 10 in the Fannin Performance Hall at Richland College. Richland continues its commitment to excellence in photography by bringing world-class photographers to campus to interact with students over the course of a day concluding with a free public lecture, reception and book-signing. Past participants in this distinguished series include Mary Ellen Mark, Jerry Uelsmann & Maggie Taylor, Joyce Tenneson, Keith Carter, and Arno Minkkinen.
Ralph Gibson studied photography while in the U.S. Navy and then at the San Francisco Art Institute. He began his professional career as an assistant to Dorothea Lange and went on to work with Robert Frank on two films. Gibson has maintained a lifelong fascination with books and book-making. Since the appearance of “The Somnambulist” in 1970, his work has been steadily impelled towards the printed page. To date, he has produced over 40 monographs, his most current projects being “State of the Axe” to be published by Yale University Press in Fall of 2008 and “Nude” by Taschen, 2009. His photographs are included in over 150 museum collections around the world, including the Dallas Museum of Art and the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University and have appeared in hundreds of exhibitions.
Gibson’s awards include fellowships from the John SImon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Leica Medal of Excellence and the Silver Plumb Award from the Landmarks Preservation Committee. He is a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France, and holds honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Maryland and Ohio Wesleyan University. In 2007, he received The Lucie Award for Fine Art Photography. He has worked exclusively with the Leica for almost 50 years.
As Gibson explains, “I have been a photographer all my life….and have made photographs of many things and for many reasons. But one thing that becomes more and more apparent is that I am simply only as good as my next photograph. That’s the one that counts the most….For this reason, I find it a delight to face a new day, and to develop that new roll of film. It’s a great way to live.”
What: Ralph Gibson: Artist’s Lecture and Image Presentation, Followed by a reception, book sale and book-signing
Who: Presented by Richland College Photography
When: 7 p.m., Thurs., March 10
Where: Fannin Performance Hall, F102, Richland College, 12800 Abrams Rd., Dallas, TX 75243
FREE; open to the public