raymond meeks




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.

He is currently at work on a new set of Journals under the title Dumbsaint. 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 visual and word narratives.”


Born:  Columbus, Ohio  1963

Education:  The Ohio State University     Social Anthropology


Recent Group and Solo Exhibitions

  • 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