The passing of one of the great photographic visual intellects who influenced a generation (and will continue to do so). As a Philadelphia local and international star Ray will be missed by so many.
He once said his goal was “a unique way of seeing,” one in which “new eyes replaced the old.” Ray did this repeatedly over the course of his long and amazing career. No one on the planet has the photographic visual acuity of Ray Metzker. He is completely unique in this respect. This is why so many of his works are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (not to mention at least 20 other Museums). In the history of photography he will always remain a singular artist that truly did invent a new way of seeing.
Rest in Peace Ray. Job well done!
(Nice piece today remembering him in the NY Times here).
Ray K. Metzker 1931- 2014
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