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Ralph Eugene Meatyard: The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater and Other Figurative Photographs 
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128 pages 
Distributed Art Publishers 
Published 2002 
compiled a haunting, mysterious and troubling body of work that is as vital today as when it was first made.  
About the Author 
Ralph Eugene Meatyard was born in 1925 and lived in Lexington, Kentucky, where he was part of a circle that included the likes of Thomas Merton, Guy Davenport, and Jonathan Williams. Major influences on his photographic work were Aaron Siskind and Minor White, with whom he studied. He died in 1972.  
Book Description 
Originally published in 1974 by the Jargon Society and long out of print, "The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater" is the best-known body of Ralph Eugene Meatyard's work. At once comic and tragic, grotesque and beautiful, the series of 64 images features his wife, Madelyn, in a hag's Halloween mask together in each with a different friend or relative in a transparent mask. Original copies of this small but seminal work now sell for upwards of $500.00. Critic and scholar James Rhem has worked closely with the archives in the photographer's estate, as well as directly with his surviving family members to reconstruct Meatyard's original, and unrealized, intentions for the publication of this project. As a result, the revised edition will feature the correct sequencing of images and, most importantly, the missing captions, which, in accordance with Meatyard's instructions, will be reproduced in his own handwriting as white type knocked out of a black background. In addition, each surviving participant in the Lucybelle Crater project has been interviewed by Rhem, and the book will include a critical essay and extensive background information. Accompanying the "Album" will be 40 more figurative works establishing a context for it and exploring important themes in Meatyard's work. This is an important rediscovery in the history of American photography.  
Edited by James Rhem. Critic James Rhem's writings have appeared in "The New Art Examiner", "The Capital Times", and "Newsday", and he has contributed pieces to NPR's "All Things Considered" and "The Sunday Show". He has lectured widely at several universities throughout the United States and he is the author of "Ralph Eugene Meatyard", a french language Photo Poche monograph published by Edition Nathan in 2000.  
"Ralph Eugene Meatyard was one of only a few photographers who had any sort of influence on my 'photographic' roots...I believed in his bizarre, fictional world." Cindy Sherman  
100 duotones.  
10.25 x 9.25 in.

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Ralph Eugene Meatyard 
Ralph Eugene Meatyard (Photographer); & Guy Davenport (Essay)
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Ralph Eugene Meatyard: The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater and Other Figurative Photographs 
James Rhem
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Ralph Eugene Meatyard [Photopoche, No: 87] 
James Rhem (Author); & Ralph Eugene Meatyard (Photographer)
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