MONO by Ralph Gibson

Still lifes, street scenes, gestures, the female body, refined extracts that become geometrical, abstract studies – there are few who master the art of the suggestive understatement like Ralph Gibson. Born in 1939, the legendary photographer discovered the Leica M Monochrom in 2013 and took it with him on a trip around the world. The outcome is the ‘Mono’ series. 
Duncan Meeder, owner of the Leica Store Lisse in Lisse, has the honour of having initiated this project – it was he who convinced Gibson, who was not involved in digital photography, to give the Leica M Monochrom a try. 

120 pp., Hardcover 
ca. 106 duotone photographs
Text in English and Chinese
ISBN: 978-146-758-529-3
Format: 38 x 25,5 cm

Black and white digital images made with a Leica Monochrom.

“I make books because my chosen audience is you, the gentle reader, the book lover who actually wants to reflecton the images and their interrelationships. This is how my work has evolved over the decades. I so enjoy seeing the image well printed on a fine sheet of paper, beautifully bound and warm in the hand and perceived at the perfect viewing distance. This is a form of total artistic autonomy. “A book is about part to part; part to whole. This translatesas page to page; page to book. The book then becomes an object in its own right, a thing unto itself that can have a long and interesting life. It can sit on the shelf for years and the instant it is taken down and viewed it springs to life... aconstantly renewable form of energy.”

Ralph Gibson (from the introduction text of Mono)

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