Face Of The Day


James Polchin visited an exhibit of Ralph Eugene Meatyard's photographs. Meatyard often outfitted his subjects with halloween masks:

[Meatyard's] images prefigure a kind of photography that makes us wonder about the image itself, about the illusions that photography can create. “The mask is no man,” he once declared, adding, “everyone has a mask on.” His images confront us with masks that erase more than hide, that turn us outward instead of drawing us in toward the psychology of his subjects.

(Image by Ralph Eugene Meatyard via the George Eastman House Still Photograph Archive)