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Ray K. Metzker - Nude Composite, 1966 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2018

Nude Composite, 1966

Gelatin silver print; printed 1984

32 x 21 inches 

NEW YORK – Howard Greenberg Gallery has announced their primary representation of the estate of Ray K. Metzker.


One of the great photographers of the modern era, Ray K. Metzker (1931-2014) repeatedly reinvented his approach to the medium throughout his career, and is considered a master of light, shadow, and line. Transforming the ordinary with a bold intensity, he is known for his experimental black and white cityscapes and his “composites,” assemblages of printed film strips and single frames.


“I was a total fan of Ray Metzker from day one,” said Howard Greenberg.  “In fact, I have quite a few prints by Ray in my private collection. We are truly excited to share his photographs with a brand new audience worldwide. “


During his lifetime, Metzker was represented by Laurence Miller Gallery for more than 30 years. The Metzker estate is now managed by the RKM Archive, founded in 2016 by Metzker’s widow, Ruth Thorne-Thomsen, a Philadelphia-based photographer, and run by director Vicki Harris.


Work by Metzker will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery at The Photography Show, presented by AIPAD, April 5-8, 2018 at Pier 94 in New York City. An exhibition at Howard Greenberg Gallery is planned for 2019.


About Ray K. Metzker

Ray K. Metzker was born in 1931 in Milwaukee. Photography became his passion after his mother gave him his first camera when he was 12. In 1953, he graduated from Beloit College in Wisconsin with a fine art degree.  He earned a Master’s degree in 1959 at the Institute of Design, Chicago, considered one of the most important photography programs in the U.S., where he studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. He taught for many years at the Philadelphia College of Art and also at the University of New Mexico. The Museum of Modern Art in New York gave him his first solo exhibition in 1967.


In his over 60 year career, Metzker has had more than 50 solo exhibitions at major museums around the world. His work is in the collections of more than 40 institutions and is the subject of more than 10 monographs. Among the institutions holding his work in the their collections are the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, National Museum of American Art – Smithsonian, Washington D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Art Institute of Chicago; Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City; Cleveland Museum of Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Musee d’Elysee, Lausanne; and Albertina, Vienna.


About Howard Greenberg Gallery

Since its inception over 35 years ago, Howard Greenberg Gallery has built a vast and ever-changing collection of some of the most important photographs in the medium. The Gallery's collection acts as a living history of photography, offering genres and styles from Pictorialism to Modernism, in addition to contemporary photography and images conceived for industry, advertising, and fashion. Howard Greenberg Gallery is located at 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406, New York. The gallery exhibits at The ADAA Art Show, The Armory Show, The Photography Show presented by AIPAD, New York, Photo London, Art Basel, Paris Photo, and Art Basel Miami Beach. For more information, contact 212-334-0010 or or visit



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