Ralph Gibson is an American master photographer best known for literally inventing a new language of photography in the 1970s. Ralph Gibson builds a narrative meaning through contextualization and surreal juxtaposition. He studied photography while in the US Navy and then at the San Francisco Art Institute. He began his professional career as an assistant to Dorothea Lange and went on to work with Robert Frank on two films. Gibson has maintained a lifelong fascination with books and book-making. Since the appearance in 1970 of THE SOMNAMBULIST, his work has been steadily impelled towards the printed page. To date he has produced over 40 monographs. His photographs are included in over one hundred and fifty museum collections around the world, and have appeared in hundreds of exhibitions. Gibson has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1973, 1975, 1986), a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (D.A.A.D.) Exchange, Berlin (1977), a New York State Council of the Arts (C.A.P.S.) fellowship (1977), and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1985). The Rencontres d'Arles festival presented his work in 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1989 and 1994. His book "Syntax" received a mention for the Rencontres d'Arles Book Award in 1983. He was decorated as an Officier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1986) and appointed, Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2005) by the French government. His awards include: Leica Medal of Excellence Award (1988), "150 Years of Photography" Award, Photographic Society of Japan (1989), a Grande Medaille de la Ville d'Arles (1994) and the Lucie Award for lifetime achievement (2008). Gibson also received an honorary doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Maryland (1991), and a second honorary doctorate from the Ohio Wesleyan University (1998). He has worked exclusively with the Leica for almost 50 years. Gibson currently lives in New York and travels frequently to Europe and Brazil.

exhibitions at the gallery


Galerie Thierry Bigaignon, Paris
Leica Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
PARIS PHOTO, Galerie Paci, Paris
Leica Gallery, Salzburg, Austria
Galerie Ov, Bruxelles, Belgium

Le Pavillon Populaire, Montpellier, France
Trilogy, 1970-1974

Palm Springs Museum of Art, Ca.
VERTICAL HORIZON, Galerie Thierry Bigaignon, Paris
POLITICAL ABSTRACTION, Nordic Light Festival, Kristensund, Norway
L’HISTOIRE DE FRANCE, Paris Photo, Hotel Scribe, Paris
Palm Springs Art Festival, Terry Etherton Gallery
Leica Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Paris Photo L.A., Terry Etherton Gallery.
Leica Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
RMA Institute, Bangkok Photo Festival, Thailand
MONO Leitz Park, Wetzlar, Germany
Political Abstraction, Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Political Abstraction, Leica Gallery, Sao Paulo

Goeun Museum, Busan, Korea
Wuyue Art Gallery, 798, Beijing
Leica Gallery, Hollywood, Calif.
Paci Contemporary, Brescia, Italy
Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal, Canada

Kahmann Gallery, Amsterdam
The Museum of Image and Sound, Sao Paulo, Brazil
China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
Gold Street Studios, Victoria, Australia

The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Gallery 916, Tokyo, Japan
Point Light Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Les Murs (The Old City Walls) Toulouse, France

Palm Beach Photographic Center Museum, Florida
Spectrum Gallery, Rochester, NY
The Leica Gallery, Paris

Leica Gallery, Solms, Germany
Red Shirley Screening at the Marfa Film Festival, TX
Ross Art Museum, Ohio Wesleyan University
Photo4, Paris, France
Gallery SEE+, Beijing

Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Arca Arte, Vercelli, Italia
Photo 4, Paris
Fahey / Klein Gallery, Hollywood

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
The Fototeca in Havana, Cuba
The Moscow Biennale of Photography, Russia

The Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin
Center for Creative Photograhy, Tucson, AZ

Soka Art Gallery, Beijing, China
Gallerie LWS, Paris
92nd Street YMCA, New York City
Theatre de la Photographie, Nice, France

Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
Sun Art Center, Seoul, Korea
University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, KY

The Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, Florida
The Hermes Store Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
The Hermes Store Gallery, New York City, NY
The Ross Museum, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH

Moscow House of Photography, Russia
The Drabinsky Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Simon Patrich Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
The Benham Gallery, Seattle, Washington
Galerie Aittuares, Paris, France
Galerie Lucie Weil Seligman, Paris, France

Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson
Bjorn Wetterling, Stockholm, Sweeden

Kerava Art Museum, Kereva,Finland
Galerie Lucie Weil Seligman, Paris, France
Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, England
Galerie Bodo Neimann, Berlin, Germany
Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy
Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, England
Casino Bellevue, Biarritz, France


2018 Decorated Chevalier of the Legion of Honor
2016 Photographer of the Year, Palm Springs Fine Art Fair
2015 Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Award
American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award
2011 FOTOmentor Lifetime Award, Palm Beach Photographic Center
2007 The Lucie Award
2002 Appointed, Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France
1999 Silver Plum Design Trust for Public Space
1997 Doctor of Fine Arts, Ohio Wesleyan University
1994 Grand Medal of the City of Arles, France
1991 Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, University of Maryland
1989 Eastman Kodak Grant to photography, "L'Histoire de France "
"150 Years of Photography" Award, Photographic Society of Japan
1988 Leica Medal of Excellence Award
1986 Decorated, Officier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1985 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship
1977 D.A.A.D West Berlin, Germany
C.A.P.S., New York State Council of the Arts Fellowship
1975 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1973 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship


Ralph Gibson • Making an exhibition
Master Photographer Ralph Gibson discusses with Thierry Bigaignon about their upcoming "Vertical Horizon" exhibit.
Courtesy The Art of Photography

Ralph Gibson talks about his photography and its relation to music
(in French) - Part I
Courtesy TK-21

Interview of Ralph Gibson for the TV show "Tracks" on Arte


Ralph Gibson talks about his photography and its relation to music
(in French) - Part II
Courtesy TK-21