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Ray K. Metzker, Francfort, 1961 © Ray K. Metzker

LAUSANNE.-Musée de l'Elysée presents Ray K. Metzker Retrospective on view through January 6, 2008. Ray K. Metzker is recognized as one of the great masters of American photography, a virtuoso who has pursued his chosen medium passionately for fifty years. Even early in his career, Metzker’s work was marked by unusual intensity. Drawing inspiration from the things around him, he was acutely perceptive in any environment. This retrospective at the Musée de l’Elysée reveals the full extent of a body of work still relatively unknown from the European public. Over 200 vintage prints are being shown in Europe for the first time. The exhibition, which also provides the opportunity to take stock of the historical significance of Metzker’s work, was organized in close collaboration with the photographer himself and the Laurence Miller Gallery in New York.

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Ray K. Metzker, Washington DC, 1964 © Ray K. Metzker