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Oral history interview with Ray Metzker, 1991 Apr. 30

Metzker, Ray K., 1931-

Photographer, Author


Collection Information

Size: 152 Pages, Transcript

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

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.

Language Note

English .


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.

How to Use This Collection

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 4778 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Ray Metzker, 1991 Apr. 30. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.