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The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater and Other Figurative Photographs

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Originally published in 1974 by the Jargon Society and long out of print, "The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater" is the best-known body of Ralph Eugene Meatyard's work. At once comic and tragic, grotesque and beautiful, the series of 64 images features his wife, Madelyn, in a hag's Halloween mask together in each with a different friend or relative in a transparent mask. O ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published June 2nd 2002 by Distributed Art Publishers (DAP) (first published June 1st 2001)
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Madeleine
Mar 17, 2007 Madeleine rated it it was amazing
This is a book that holds personal value because Ralph is a fellow Kentuckian and lover of its natural beauty as well as a family friend. My aunt Joy is pictured in some of his photos and I was named after his wife, whom my mother adored and whom I came to know as a child. I never got to meet Ralph but he nonetheless touched my life and I love this book because it allows me to peer into a part of my mother and her sisters' lives that I will never know.
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Essential work that deserves five stars but the reproductions of this haunting photo series are fairly poor, looking overly dark and smudged.
Susan Klinke
i had to abondon this. it's way overdue at the library and i can't renew it. i look forward to reading it at a later time.
Carolina de Goes
Jan 31, 2008 Carolina de Goes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I absolutely love this stuff! Lucybelle rocks!
Jayne
Aug 05, 2008 Jayne rated it it was amazing
Who knew?! All in Lexington, KY...
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Feb 27, 2008 carina rated it it was amazing
one of my favorite photographers
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Meatyard purchased his first camera in 1950 to photograph his son, Michael. He eventually found his way to the Lexington Camera club in 1954, and at the same time joined the Photographic Society of America. It was at the camera club that Meatyard met Van Deren Coke, an early influence behind much of Meatyard's work. He even exhibited work by Meatyard in an exhibition for the University entitled 'C ...more
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