Leica Galleries International is initiating the Leica Picture of the Year for the first time. Ralph Gibson, who received the Leica Hall of Fame Award in 2021, photographed it. The motif is a limited edition and can be purchased exclusively through the Leica Galleries.
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Over the past ten years, Leica Camera AG has honored twelve renowned photographers for their life's work and appointed them to the Leica Hall of Fame. To share a piece of this success with all Leica enthusiasts, a Leica Picture of the Year has now been selected for the first time. In the future, a Leica Picture of the Year will be realized with additional Leica Hall of Fame photographers. Together with the 25 Leica Galleries worldwide that offer the Leica Picture of the Year exclusively, the limited editions offer all collectors and Leica friends an excellent opportunity to build up a unique collection of great Leica photographers.
The first Leica Picture of the Year is a limited edition print by Ralph Gibson, winner of the 2021 Leica Hall of Fame Award. The color photograph of the New York-based artist was taken a few months ago on Long Island and has never been published before. The materials shimmer preciously, the colors glow softly: the motif of the motorboat becomes an excitingly dynamic composition of lines, surfaces and colors in the narrow detail. As Leica Picture of the Year, it will become a collector's item of high visual appeal and is convincing in its strict graphic as well as elegant painterly design.
The photographer, born in Los Angeles in 1939, is one of the most important style-forming photographers of his generation. To this day, Ralph Gibson's visual language is as individual as it is timeless. Often close to the object, he brings his motifs into a fascinating interplay of abstraction and figuration.
On November 4, 2021, Leica Camera AG presented Ralph Gibson with the Leica Hall of Fame Award in Wetzlar. The accompanying exhibition, which also features his Leica Picture of the Year, runs until the end of February in the Leica Galerie Wetzlar.
The Leica Picture of the Year 2021:
Ralph Gibson, Untitled, 2021
Fine Art Print
20.8 x 31.2 cm
Signed on the front
Edition: 75 copies
Equipment: Certificate of authenticity with edition number
Price: € 1.800
On sale from the beginning of February 2022
Leica Hall of Fame
Images that have touched the world, moments that will remain unforgotten: Since 2011, Leica Camera AG has been appointing outstanding photographers to the Leica Hall of Fame - photographers who have made a difference with their view of the world. Testimonials to their work are pictorial icons that have burned themselves into our collective memory, that illustrate the human condition in a touching and timeless way. So far, Steve McCurry, Barbara Klemm, Nick Út, René Burri, Thomas Hoepker, Ara Güler, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Joel Meyerowitz, Bruce Davidson, Jürgen Schadeberg and Walter Vogel have been honored. Last year, it was Ralph Gibson who was inducted into the Leica Hall of Fame.