Ralph Eugene Meatyard (1925-1972) made his living as an
optometrist, though you wouldn't know it considering the
stunning and professional hauntedness that is his photography.
His work touches on themes of decay, the world's shadows,
childhood, and young creatures' fates as adults. His treatment
of the themes was so striking, the poet Guy Davenport said of
Meatyard's work, "They are like short stories that have never
See if any stir up a story in you.
Why do grown-ups think it's easier for children to bear secrets
than the truth? Don't they know about the horror stories we
imagine to explain the secrets?
- Cornelia Funke, Inkheart