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Ralph Eugene Meatyard (May 15, 1925 – May 7, 1972) was an American photographer, from Normal, Illinois. Meatyard purchased his first camera in 1950 to photograph his son, Michael. He eventually found his way to the Lexington Camera club in 1954, and at the same time joined the Photographic Society of America. It was at the camera club that Meatyard met Van Deren Coke, an early influence behind much of Meatyard’s work. During the mid 1950s he would attend a series of summer workshops, run by Henry Holmes Smith and Minor White. Minor White in particular fostered Meatyard’s interest in Zen Philosophy.He continued to make work, usually in bursts during holidays, in his makeshift darkroom in his home, until his death in 1972. His approach was somewhat improvisational and very heavily influenced by the jazz music of the time

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Boy in Old Man’s Mask with Doll

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Two children

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Romance (N) from Ambrose Bierce, No. 3

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