raymond meeks             raymondmeeks@earthlink.net


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. His book Halfstory Halflife (chose commune, 2018) was a finalist for the Paris Photo/Aperture Photobook of the Year Award.

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


Recent Group and Solo Exhibitions

  • Paris Photo. halfstory halflife 2019 Paris

  • Unseen Photo Fair seven kinds of loneliness Amsterdam 2019

  • Casemore Kirkeby sonder. June 2019 San Francisco

  • Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen housekeeping 2018

  • Charles Hartman Gallery halfstory halflife Portland 2018

  • Unseen Photo Fairciprian honey cathedral 2018 Amsterdam 2018

  • Unseen Photo Fair halfstory halflife Amsterdam 2016

  • Seen Fifteen Gallery burning with pleasure London 2016

  • Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen cabbage white Amsterdam 2016

  • Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam 2016

  • Unseen Photo Fair furlong Amsterdam 2015

  • Hartman Fine Art in love with drama Portland, OR 2015

  • Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen in love with drama Amsterdam 2015

  • Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery where objects fall away Syracuse University 2014

  • Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam 2014

  • Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen where objects fall away Amsterdam 2014

  • Charles Hartman Fine Art Shine Portland 2014

  • Tokyo Institute for Photography 10x10 American Photobooks Japan 2013

  • ICP Triennial Reading Room a different kind of order New York 2013

  • Galerie Camera Obscura Summer Exhibition Paris 2012

  • Charles A. Hartman Fine Art Amwell | Continuum Portland 2011

  • Galerie Camera Obscura C'estl"ete Paris 2009

  • PDX Contemporary Catch All Portland 2009

  • AIPAD Photography Show New York 2009

  • Galerie Camera Obscura a Clearing Paris 2009


  • George Eastman House, NY

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,

  • Columbus Museum of Fine Arts

  • Howard Stein Collection

  • The Corcoran Gallery of Art

  • National Gallery of Art, Washing, D.C.

  • Bibliotheque Nationale, France.

  • Museum of Modern Art Library, NYC

Bibliography (partial)

  • ciprian honey cathedral MACK Autumn 2020

  • halfstory halflife chose commune 2018

  • ciprian honey cathedral dumbsaint 2018

  • Township dumbsaint 01 / TIS Books 2017

  • winter farm auction 1.2016 dumbsaint 2016

  • in love with drama dumbsaint February 2015

  • erasure TBW Books October 2013

  • 2 solitudes dumbsaint January 2013

  • pretty girls wander dumbsaint October 2011

  • orchard vol. 1 crime victims chronicle (deborah luster)

  • orchard vol. 2 not seen | not said (wes mills)

  • orchard vol. 3 idyll (mark steinmetz)

  • amwell nazraeli press Winter 2010

  • who will stay dumbsaint September 2010

  • amwell | continuum dumbsaint April 2010

  • carousel dumbsaint December 2009

  • middle air dumbsaint June 2009

  • doctrine of an axe Nazraeli Press 2008

  • a Clearing Nazraeli Press 2008

  • Sound of Summer Running Nazraeli Press 20

teaching, visiting artist, lectures                                                                                                                                                  

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