Ralph Eugene Meatyard (1925–1972) lived in Lexington, Kentucky, where he made his living as an optician while creating an impressive and enigmatic body of photographs.
Ralph Eugene Meatyard, (born May 15, 1925, Normal, Illinois, U.S.—died May 7, 1972, Lexington, Kentucky), American photographer and optician known for his photographs in which family members and friends appear wearing grotesque masks.
(The Estate of Ralph Eugene Meatyard courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco) Meatyard said that masks erased the differences between people. He photographed his family, shown here, in 1962.
Meatyard, Ralph Eugene American,1925-1972. Ralph Eugene Meatyard (1925–1972) was an American photographer who lived in Lexington, Kentucky. His most famous works involved masks, worn by posing people, or ordinary objects.
Ralph Eugene Meatyard built both of his careers–photographer and optician–on his vision. He was born in Normal, Illinois, and graduated from University High School at Illinois State University in 1943.