Ralph Eugene Meatyard (1925–1972) was optician in Lexington, Kentucky who often integrated dolls, masks, and other stylized representations of the human form, along with his children, in his photographic work. Dolldom applauds this interesting exploration of the power of the seemingly inanimate. After all, it is what we are all about.L: Untitled, ca. 1962, gelatin silver print, museum purchase, John Pritzker Fund, 2011.4.3. C: Untitled, ca. 1960–1962, gelatin silver print, museum purchase, John Pritzker Fund, 2011.4.1. R: Untitled, ca. 1961, gelatin silver print, gift of Christopher and Diane Meatyard, 2011.6.1. © The Estate of Ralph Eugene Meatyard
The exhibit, containing 60 examples of Meatyard's work, is currently on view at San Francisco's De Young Museum.