Oral history interview with Ray Metzker, 1991 Apr. 30

Metzker, Ray K. , b. 1931
Photographer, Author
Active in Philadelphia, Pa.

Size: Transcript: 152 p.

Format: Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hrs., 46 min.

Collection Summary: An interview of Ray Metzker conducted 1991 Apr. 30, by Anne Schuster Hunter, for the Archives of American Art Philadelphia Project.

Metzker discusses his family and German heritage; childhood in Milwaukee, Wis.; early interest in photography; attending Beloit College; military service in Korea; studies at Illinois Institute of Technology; his series "My Camera and I in the Loop"; life in Chicago and traveling to Europe; moving to Philadelphia and teaching at the Philadelphia College of Art; his disenchantment with using the single image and moving into double frames; his landscapes of the 1980's; and his retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 1984.

Biographical/Historical Note: Ray Metzker (1931- ) is a photographer from Philadelphia, Pa.

This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics, and administrators.

Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

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