|Likeness of Reality by Raymond Meeks, Edition of 15, $1500|
|Likeness of Reality|
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The Orchard series, published by Silas Finch, is a set of collaborative book projects between Raymond Meeks and various writers and photographers. Meeks explains, "each journal strives to reach beyond a documentary approach and offer a visual conversation between artist, subject and audience."
Published in 2010, the first volume, Crime Victims Chronicle, is a collaboration between Raymond Meeks and photographer Deborah Luster who provides a set of beautiful black & white photographs from her series Tooth for an Eye, as well as Rose Preston who provides the text from her book, Crime Victims Guidebook. The resulting publication, Crime Victims Chronicle, is a stellar example of the old adage, two heads are better than one. In this case, three heads are even better than two.
|Orchard, Volume 1: Crime Victims Chronicle – Patron Edition, $750|
By Raymond Meeks, Deborah Luster and Rose Preston
The three artists' contributions work together to produce a symbiotic book focusing on a centralized issue -- crime. Crime Victims Chronicle was originally sold in a Contributor edition of 100 copies and Sustainer edition of 75 copies -- both of which have since sold out. However, the Patron edition of 25 copies is still available as of today for $750, which comes with an aluminum-mounted silver halide transparency by Deborah Luster, as pictured above left.
The second volume, Not Seen | Not Said was a collaboration with Wes Mills, whose fourteen tipped-in drawings work beautifully with Meeks' photographs -- some of which depict Mills walking among rocky cliffs and expansive landscapes in Oregon. The Contributor edition of 100 is sold out, but the Sustainer (edition of 75) and Patron (edition of 15) are still available. Melanie McWhorter wrote about this book on the photo-eye Blog.
|Orchard, Volume 3: Idyll – Sustainer Edition – $225|
By Raymond Meeks and Mark Steinmetz
In short, Raymond Meeks is a master of the artist book. The subtle details from tipped-in photographs and drawings to the clean and effective design makes them not just books but works of art. In the case of Likeness of Reality and the Orchard books in the Patron edition, you also receive an original print. As a represented gallery artist, photo-eye also has a selection of prints by Raymond Meeks. If you are interested in acquiring any of the books or individual prints, please contact the gallery.