Oral history interview with Ray Metzker
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Metzker, Ray K.
Hunter, Anne S.
1991 Apr. 30
Physical Description:
152 Pages

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Ray Metzker conducted 1991 Apr. 30, by Anne Schuster Hunter, for the Archives of American Art Philadelphia Project.
Scope and Contents
Metzker discusses his family and German heritage; childhood in Milwaukee, Wis.; early interest in photography; attending Beloit College; military service in Korea; studies at Illinois Institute of Technology; his series "My Camera and I in the Loop"; life in Chicago and traveling to Europe; moving to Philadelphia and teaching at the Philadelphia College of Art; his disenchantment with using the single image and moving into double frames; his landscapes of the 1980's; and his retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 1984.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Ray Metzker (1931- ) is a photographer from Philadelphia, Pa.

Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 4778 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics, and administrators.

Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hrs., 46 min.

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.

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