Raymond Meeks – Episode 74

In this episode of PhotoWork with Sasha Wolf, substitute host, Michael Chovan-Dalton and photographer, Raymond Meeks discuss his latest book, The Inhabitants published by MACK with an extended poem by George Weld. Ray and Michael talk about how this work, which traces the passages of refugee crossings inside Spain and France, profoundly affected Ray’s approach to making work and how he views his role as a photographer. This episode picks up where Sasha and Ray left off back in episode 51.


Raymond Meeks (Ohio, 1963) has been recognized for his books and pictures centered on memory and place, the way in which a landscape can shape an individual and, in the abstract, how a place possesses you in its absence. His books have been described as a field or vertical plane for examining interior co-existences, as life moves in circles and moments and events—often years apart—unravel and overlap, informing new meanings.

Raymond Meeks lives and works in the Hudson Valley (New York). His work is represented in numerous private and public collections. He is the sixth laureate of Immersion, a French-American photography commission sponsored by Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. Exhibitions from this commission are scheduled for New York (ICP September, 2023) and Paris (Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson September, 2024). The Inhabitants, a book made in collaboration with writer George Weld, was published in August 2023 by MACK.

Raymond Meeks is a 2020 recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Photography and was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2022.

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