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Portfolio of 15 gelatin silver prints
Overall: 30.5 x 40.6 cm (12 x 16 in.)
Gift of Alan and Monah L. Gettner 2018.1057
Ralph Gibson was randomly selected to learn photography on his first day in boot camp in the navy, which he entered at age sixteen.
Gibson assembled 15 of his photographs into a portfolio he called Chiaroscuro, because all of the images explore sharp contrasts of brightness and shadow created by light that falls unevenly or from a single direction on an object or scene. Often dreamlike in nature, the images while firmly rooted in reality, also explore abstraction.
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