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Ralph Eugene Meatyard

(Normal, Illinois, 1925 - 1972, Lexington, Kentucky)

Untitled (Red River Gorge #48: Inverted Tree)

c. 1967-1971

Gelatin silver print

6 1/4 x 6 5/16 in. (16.0 x 16.0 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of Diane and Christopher Meatyard

1992.27

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In 1967, Meatyard's friend, the poet and environmentalist Wendell Berry, invited him to collaborate on a book that would convey the essence and importance of the Red River Gorge, a Kentucky wilderness area slated for flooding by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Berry's essay and Meatyard's photographs, published together in a 1971 book called 'The Unforseen Wilderness', certainly contributed to the successful campaign to save the gorge. Meatyard's photographs show not an idyllic landscape but instead present varied faces of nature - light and darkness, beauty and awesome force.

Keywords
Gelatin Silver
Photography
Trees