Ralph Gibson photographs and publication materials, 2019

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Summary

Creator:
Gibson, Ralph, 1939-
Abstract:
Ralph Gibson is an American photographer based in New York, N.Y. Collection consists of 208 photographs taken by Gibson in 2019, and publication materials for the corresponding photobook, Sacred Land: Israel before and after time (2020). In addition to the 188 small single-image printer's proof prints, there are 20 large diptych prints, in which juxtaposed color and black-and-white images explore the nature of Israel and surrounding regions of Galilee, Jordan, and Palestine, through contemporary and ancient landscapes, architecture, city and country scenes, and portraits of a wide variety of people. A book mock-up rounds out the collection. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.
Extent:
3.0 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Language:
English
Collection ID:
RL.11868

Background

Scope and content:

Collection consists of 188 individually printed 8 1/2 x 11 inch printer's proofs and 20 17 x 22 inch print diptychs by photographer Ralph Gibson, and a book mock-up for the corresponding photobook, Sacred Land: Israel before and after time, published in 2020 by Lustrum Press.

As a project, "Sacred Land" offers a portrait of Israel and the surrounding regions, including Palestine, Jordan, and Galilee, which juxtaposes past and contemporary experience through the narrative device of the diptych. Subjects include landscapes, rural and city life, found objects, architecture, antiquities, and portraits of a wide variety of people.

The untitled archival pigment inkjet prints are signed and dated by the photographer, and the printer's proofs are marked on the versos with the page numbers where the images appear in the photobook. The signed book mock-up includes the completed cover design, photo illustrations, and foreword by Martin Cohen.

Biographical / historical:

Ralph Gibson is an American photographer based in New York City. His most recent photobook, Sacred Land: Israel before and after time, was published in 2020.

Acquisition information:
The Ralph Gibson photographs and publication materials were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a gift in 2020 and 2022.
Processing information:

Processed and described by Paula Jeannet, February 2021.

Addition processed and described by Paula Jeannet, August 2022.

Accession(s) represented in this collection guide: 2020-0084, 2022-0074.

Physical facet:
208 photographic prints; publication materials
Dimensions:
Prints: 8 x 11 1/2 inches (188); 17 x 22 inches (20)
Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. Images may only be used for educational, non-commercial purposes; any other use requires permission. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

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[Identification of item], Ralph Gibson photographs and publication materials, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.