In doing research for my presentation on Annie Leibovitz, I discovered that she studied under Ralph Gibson. I had never heard of this photographer but looked up his photos to see where Annie got her inspiration from in the early years of her career. His work shows the same simplicity and form  than Annie’s photos do, but Gibson’s have a much more surreal look to them. Its high contrasts and makes dramatic understatements with his photos by focusing on some small detail, like the curve of a leg or the corner of a shelf. What I like is that his portraits aren’t what you’d expect. Where you would normally expect a face, Gibson may only give you a shadow. Take a look.

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