Raymond Meeks (Ohio, 1963) has been recognized for his books and pictures centered on family and place. In November 2014, a mid-career retrospective of his books was organized by Light Work in Syracuse, NY. The exhibition featured more than twenty books, including self-published works and numerous volumes from a variety of publishers.
In 2011, Meeks and publisher Kevin Messina (Silas Finch) co-founded Orchard Journal, which was established as a collaborative conversation between artist, subject and viewer. Featured artists have included Wes Mill, Deborah Luster and Mark Steinmetz.
Ray is currently at work on a new set of Journals under the title Dumbsaint, to be published by TIS Books. Vol. 1, Township(Sept 2017), is in collaboration with Tim Carpenter and Adrianna Ault, guest edited and with a short story by Brad Zellar. Meeks is a 2016 recipient of the Siskind Fellowship Grant.
“My work is concentrated and at play with memory and place; the way in which a landscape can shape an individual and, in the abstract, how a place possesses you in its absence. I continue to be inspired by book narrative and collaboration with writers of poetry and short fiction and the merging of image and text.”
Born: Columbus, Ohio 1963
Education: The Ohio State University Social Anthropology
Aperture Foundation, NYC Editing and Sequencing the Photo Book (co-taught with Justine Kurland) 2015 Rhode Island School of Design The Photo Book 2014-2015 Yale School of Art 2014, 2015 Hartford Art School MFA Photography 2014, 2015