Ray K. Metzker: AutoMagic2 - Laurence Miller Gallery
Exhibition
November 24, 2009 - January 9, 2010

RAY K. METZKER  AUTOMAGIC

Ray K. Metzker, WanderingsFrom November 24 through January 9 Laurence Miller Gallery celebrates Ray K. Metzker: AutoMagic. This exhibition features over fifty black-and-white photographs taken by this 78-year old master photographer over the past fifty years in which the automobile plays a pivotal role in the contest between light and shadow.  Forty of the photographs have never been exhibited before.

From his earliest street pictures taken under the El in Chicago's Loop in the mid-Fifties, to his most recent highly abstract views of reflections on Philadelphia car windows, Ray K. Metzker brings an exuberance of vision rarely found among today's photographers. In total control of his camera and craft, Metzker transforms the mundane in daily urban life into intense images that sizzle, and delight the eye.

In the darkest recesses of a parking garage, we discover a single shimmering tail fin of a late 50's Cadillac.  In a scene more Orson Welles than Woody Allen, we witness a menacing shadow figure approaching a parked car, intent unknown. In a blizzard, we join the photographer and a single figure as they look at one another wondering why each other is standing there in the cascading snow.

The show also reveals a more tender side of Metzker, as we peer into car windows to see folks uninhibited within their mobile shelters, including a sleeping man with a medallion, head resting on the door; a man reading at the wheel of his damaged white coupe; and a man at the end of long day, hand upon his head.

Metzker's work of the last few years, fondly nicknamed Autowackies, are a brilliant extension of his earlier forays into abstraction, and are only made possible by the contours of  our newest cars and SUV's, which wildly warp the architecture and cloud formations reflected on their glossy surfaces.

The exhibition AutoMagic will be accompanied by a new limited edition (500 copies) book of the same title. More information

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Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 1963


Philadelphia, 1963 (63 DO-41)
8 x 10" vintage silver print
Edition 20

 

Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 1964 

Philadelphia, 1964 (64 CT-17)
10 x 8" vintage silver print, pr. 1973
Edition 25

 

 

Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 2004

Philadelphia, 2004 (04 AO-12)
20 x 16" silver print
Edition 10

Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 2009

Philadelphia, 2009
(09 AO-37)
20 x 16" silver print
Edition 10

 

 


Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 2009

Philadelphia, 2009 (09 Q-11)
16 x 20" silver print
Edition 10


Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 2009
 

Philadelphia, 2009 (09 AK-18)

16 x 20" silver print
Edition 10


Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 2009


Philadelphia, 2009 (09 AK-29)
16 x 20" silver print
Edition 10

 

 


Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 2009


Philadelphia, 2009 (09 AK-25)

16 x 20" silver print
Edition 10

 

Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 2009

Philadelphia, 2009 (09 BD-19)
20 x 16" silver print
Edition 10

 

Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 2009


Philadelphia, 2009 (09 AS-1)
20 x 16" silver print
Edition 10

 




Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 2008

Philadelphia, 2008 (08 R-36)
16 x 20" silver print
Edition 10

 

 


Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 2009


Philadelphia, 2009 (09 AZ-15)
16 x 20" silver print
Edition 10

Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 2009 

Philadelphia, 2009 (09 J-8)
20 x 16" silver print
Edition 10

 

Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 2009

Philadelphia, 2009 (09 AA-32)
20 x 16" silver print
Edition 10

 

 

 



Ray K. Metzker, New York City, 1966
 


New York City, 1966 (66 IS-18/19)

11 x 14" silver print, pr. 1980s
Edition 20

Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 1963

Philadelphia, 1963 (63 GL-2)
8 x 10" vintage silver print
Edition 5

 

 

 

 Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 1964

Philadelphia, 1964
8 x 10" vintage silver print
Edition 5

 

Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 1964 

Philadelphia, 1964 (64 GP-28)
8 x 10" vintage silver print
Edition 5

 Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 1964

Philadelphia, 1964 (64 CL-12)
8 x 10" vintage silver print
Edition 5

Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 1963 

Philadelphia, 1963 (63 GS-25)
8 x 10" vintage silver print
Edition 5

 

 

 

 Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 1966

Philadelphia, 1966
8 x 10" vintage silver print
Edition 5

Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 1964

Philadelphia, 1964 (64 IO-11)
8 x 10" vintage silver print
Edition 5

 

 

 

Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 1964 

Philadelphia, 1964 (64 GR-40)
8 x 10" vintage silver print
Edition 5

 

 

 

 

Ray K. Metzker, Chicago, 1959 

Chicago, 1959 (59 L-7)
11 x 14" silver print, pr. 1984
Edition 5

Ray K. Metzker, Topsy Turvy, 1965-02

Composites: Topsy Turvy, 1965-02
Four vintage silver prints, mounted 2002
Unique, Framed 18 x 24"
Signed and dated on mount recto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publication

 

Ray K. Metzker: AutoMagic
Published by Only Photography-Roland Angst, 2009.
Introductory essay by David Travis

Hardcover, limited edition of 500, 120 pp., 79 tritone reproductions.
All copies signed & numbered.
$275 plus tax and/or shipping.

For all orders outside North America please contact  Only Photography-Roland Angst directly.


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