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Nov 16
Book Signing: Ralph Gibson's Passe Imparfait
ICP Store, 1133 Avenue of the Americas
Friday, November 16, 6:00pm–7:30pm

Join Ralph Gibson for a signing of his book Passé Imparfait.

This volume surveys the early days of Ralph Gibson's career in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York from 1960 to 1970. Gibson's San Francisco years (1960–63) saw the photographer testing out his sensual, meditative style, inspired by street photographers such as Robert Frank (whose assistant he would later become). By 1963, Gibson was eager to begin a career as a professional photographer, and he returned to Los Angeles to find work. He recalls, "I would show my portfolio to potential clients and would hear the same words over and over again: 'This stuff belongs in museums, kid, it's not commercial....' Well, I guess they were right." Gibson's Los Angeles images (1963–66) include his Sunset Strip photographs, which led to the first of many monographs. It was also around this time that Gibson was commissioned to photograph the press conference for the Beatles' Revolver album, and informal shots of the mop tops are included in this chapter. The third section of the book is devoted to Gibson's early New York years (1967–70) with several nudes and street scenes.

Please note that due to professional obligations, photographer's book signing dates may change without notification. Limit of two signed copies per customer. Pre-orders and reserve orders are not guaranteed but every effort is made to fulfill orders. Books must be purchased from the ICP Store. If purchased before date of event, please bring your receipt. For more information, call 212.857.9725.

This event takes place during voluntary contribution hours at the museum.

Free Friday night programs in the Museum are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn.