The Morbid Imagination » Blog Archive » Ralph Eugene Meatyard

Ralph Eugene Meatyard


I’m not sure why, but one thing I love is the¬†juxtaposition of the surreal or disturbing¬†with the realm of the everyday. And no one did that better than American photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard.

Meatyard is well regarded as a photographer for many technical reasons, none of which I am qualified to comment on. But I know what I like and pictures of kids wearing hideous masks posed as though they were on a family outing, well that’s right up my alley.

Meatyard also chose abandoned farmhouses or other desolate locations for the settings of his photographs, which adds another unsettling dimension to his work.

I think the photographs speak for themselves.



Tags: ,

3 Responses to “Ralph Eugene Meatyard”

  1. Steph says:


    i stumbled across your blog looking for an answer to a question recently posed to me.
    I do a lot of photography, and the subject matter tends to be on a darker, more grotesque.
    I was asked about what I thought people find attractive about horror.
    I’m having a hard time coming up with a solid answer to the question, I’m a little shaky on where my fascination comes from.
    Any thoughts?

    Also, I would like to hear what you have to say about Joel Peter Witkin’s work…if you ever feel like blogging on it.

  2. Ebonygarden says:

    Nice shot ! Do you know Gottfried Helnwein, Gregory Crewdson or Erwin Olaf.
    I think you’ll appreciates them :)

  3. I was looking for morbid photographs on the net. Most of the sites I came across had those ghastly photos, with nothing artistic in them, rather only a crudeness, or in some cases, unnaturalness owing to effects. Thanks to you that I could get some exposure into real morbid photography through your article.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>