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.

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

  • Unseen Photo Fair  halfstory halflife  Amsterdam 2016
  • Seen Fifteen Gallery  burning with pleasure  London 2016
  • Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen  cabbage white  Amsterdam November 2016
  • Unseen Photo Fair   Amsterdam  September 2016
  • Unseen Photo Fair  furlong  Amsterdam  September 2015
  • Hartman Fine Art  in love with drama  Portland, OR  March 2015
  • Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen  in love with drama  Amsterdam  March 2015
  • Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery  where objects fall away  Syracuse University  November 2014 
  • Unseen Photo Fair  Amsterdam  September 2014
  • Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen   where objects fall away   Amsterdam  February  2014
  • Charles Hartman Fine Art   Shine   Portland   January   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  


  • Twp  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