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    Photographer similar to Ralph Gibson

    Can anyone recommend any photographers whose technical style is similar to Ralph Gibson? I'm mainly looking for the stark grainy black and white 35mm style that he's known for but not necessarily limited to a particular subject matter. In fact, I would really like to view that technical style as applied to studio as well as location work.

    If anyone can suggest a name or two, I will search the web for examples of their work. I've developed a fascination for that style of camera and darkroom technique and now don't seem to be able to get enough of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Krueger View Post
    Can anyone recommend any photographers whose technical style is similar to Ralph Gibson? I'm mainly looking for the stark grainy black and white 35mm style that he's known for but not necessarily limited to a particular subject matter. In fact, I would really like to view that technical style as applied to studio as well as location work.

    If anyone can suggest a name or two, I will search the web for examples of their work. I've developed a fascination for that style of camera and darkroom technique and now don't seem to be able to get enough of it.

    Thanks!

    -Dave

    Someone who cites Ralph Gibson as a major influence is Vlastimil Kula, from the Czech Republic, but be forewarned, his work straddles the fine line between erotic art and pornography.
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    Photographer James Graham, his style reminds me of Gibson's.

    http://www.jamesmgraham.net/

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    Ah-ha! Excellent! Thanks. Graham really has that look about his work. Kula seems to have the camera technique but doesn't seem to impart the same gritty at the print level, although I'm not sure how much of that is likely to come through in a low res jpg file.

    Thanks for both suggestions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony D View Post
    Photographer James Graham, his style reminds me of Gibson's.

    http://www.jamesmgraham.net/
    Wow, I really dislike his stuff.

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    Hello. You might take a look at the work of Daido Moriyama. It certainly is stark, grainy, black and white and was taken with a small format camera. But very different, to my eye, from Ralph Gibson's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul B View Post
    Hello. You might take a look at the work of Daido Moriyama. It certainly is stark, grainy, black and white and was taken with a small format camera. But very different, to my eye, from Ralph Gibson's.
    Great! You're right about different, but still a variation on the grainy look. It's odd how I can see a photograph in someone else's portfolio that I would have tossed if I had taken it myself. It's not that the picture doesn't measure up, it's more like my eye isn't refined enough to spot a raw print with potential for being a good image. Also, I noticed that pictures viewed in a grouping can be more appealing than they are by themselves.

    When I look at other people's work, I am almost always looking at a group of their work all at one time, whereas with my own work, I evaluate each image in isolation. I'm rambling, but it makes me wonder if I'm missing something about the psychology of viewing prints that I, as an artist, should know.

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    Roger Deckker. He's big right now in fashion. Being mimicked a lot, understandably, since he's doing really creative work.

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    Roger Deckker. He's big right now in fashion. Being mimicked a lot, understandably, since he's doing really creative work.
    Thanks. You have some exceptional work as well. Enjoyed his and yours.

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    Gibson's technical style is based on heavy overexposure and printing from the verrrry narrow range of tones in that nearly-black neg. It's easy to think he's just being soppy, but he carries around a body with chrome film & he nails the exposures on those so he's methodical in his madness. I actually haven't seen anyone else pull it off in quite the same way -- not even Callahan or Brandt.

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