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HomeContentsThemes > Concealment with masks and veils


614.01   Fashion: Accessories: Masks
614.02   Fashion: Accessories: Gas masks
614.03   Fashion: Accessories: Veils
614.04   Ralph Eugene Meatyard: The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater
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614.01   Portrait >  Fashion: Accessories: Masks 
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614.02   Portrait >  Fashion: Accessories: Gas masks 
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Every technological development has a photographic history and gas masks[1] are no exception. Over time to understand these developments we need to establish temporal timelines of images that show both the innovations and how these changes have affected the photography of warfare. 
614.03   Portrait >  Fashion: Accessories: Veils 
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614.04   Portrait >  Ralph Eugene Meatyard: The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater 
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The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater (1974)[2] by Ralph Eugene Meatyard was published posthumously after his death in 1972. The world depicted is unsettling where normality is thrown out of balance with the character "Lucybelle Crater" wearing a Halloween-style mask in what would otherwise be family snapshots of American suburban life. Masked children photographed in abandoned buildings, backyards and in woods should denote play and innocence but here there are darker undercurrents of menace.
In his 2004 essay Guy Davenport, a poet and friend of Ralph Eugene Meatyard, wrote that the series has:
"... exactly the right touch of unusual into an authentically banal American usualness,[3]
The name Lucybelle Crater is taken from the mother and daughter characters Lucynell Crater in the Flannery O'Connor story "The Life You Save May Be Your Own". [4]
As with the photographs of the "Old South" of decaying structures and graveyards taken by Clarence John Laughlin[5] symbolic interpretations remain unresolved. 

  1. Λ Gas Mask - Wikipedia
    (Accessed: 6 August 2013) 
  2. Λ Meatyard, Ralph Eugene, 1974, The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater, (New York: The Jargon Society) 
  3. Λ Guy Davenport, 2004, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, (New York: ICP) 
  4. Λ Flannery O'Connor - The Life You Save May Be Your Own - Wikipedia
    (Accessed: 8 August 2013) 
  5. Λ P. Brady & J.H.Lawrence (eds.), 1997, Haunter of Ruins: The Photography of Clarence John Laughlin, (Boston: Bulfinch Press); Keith F. Davis (ed.), 1990, Clarence J. Laughlin: Visionary Photographer, (Kansas City, MO: Hallmark Cards); Clarence J. Laughlin, 1987, Ghosts Along the Mississippi, (New York: American Legacy Press)


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Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
Van Deren Coke 
Coke, Van Deren, 1976, Eugene Meatyard: A Retrospective, (Normal, IL: Center for Visual Arts, Illinois State University) [Δ
Walker Evans 
Webb, Virginia-Lee, 2000, Perfect Documents Walker Evans and African Art, 1935, (Metropolitan Museum of Art) isbn-10: 0300086814 isbn-13: 978-0300086812 [Δ
Ralph Eugene Meatyard 
Coke, Van Deren, 1976, Eugene Meatyard: A Retrospective, (Normal, IL: Center for Visual Arts, Illinois State University) [Δ
Meatyard, Ralph Eugene, 1974, The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater, (New York: The Jargon Society) [Δ
Meatyard, Ralph Eugene, 1977, The Photographs of Ralph Eugene Meatyard [Δ
Meatyard, Ralph Eugene, 2011, Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Dolls and Masks, (Radius Books) isbn-10: 1934435333 isbn-13:  978-1934435335 [Δ
If you feel this list is missing a significant book or article please let me know - Alan - 

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Ralph Eugene Meatyard  (1925-1972)
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ThumbnailPortrait: People with Masks 
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Released (August 16, 2009)
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