Gitterman Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of vintage black and white photographs from
the 1970’s by Richard Gordon. Taken primarily in New York City and along the West Coast,
Gordon’s images examine the role of photography and its relationship with reality. Much of the
work appears in Gordon’s 1978 book Meta Photographs and as the title suggests they are often
photographs about photography. Gordons images are a part of an early discourse about how
society has used photography as a means of representation. Though he is theorizing about the
medium, his images often are witty, even humorous, while formally exploring the exotic of the
Richard Gordon was born in Chicago in 1945. He studied Political Science at the University of
Chicago and did not begin photographing until he worked at a photography studio in 1965. Early in
Gordons career, Robert Frank critiqued his work and stated that he loved photography too
much. Gordon frequently makes photographic references in his work and pays homage to the
photographers who influenced him: Eugène Atget, Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Helen Levitt.
Bookmaking has been an important element of Gordons photography from the beginning; he
created his own press, Chimaera Press, and published Meta Photographs (Chimaera Press,
1978), One More for the Road: The Autobiography of a Friendship 1966-1996 (Flâneur
Bookworks, 1996), American Surveillance: Someone to Watch Over Me (Chimaera Press, 2009),
and Notes from the Field (Chimaera Press, 2012), as well as handmade and limited edition books.
Richard Gordons photographs are represented in many institutional collections including: Art
Institute of Chicago; Bibliothéque National, Paris; Centre Nationale de la Photographie, Paris;
Corcoran Gallery of Art; J. P. Getty Museum (Wagstaff Collection); Library of Congress; Museum
Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; New York Public Library; Oakland
Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Stanford
Museum of Art; and University of Colorado, Boulder.