Ralph Gibson's Leica MP, Leica lens & signed self-portrait
Leica MP, Black-paint finish, 0.72 viewfinder - Serial number: MP 2889767 (2002)
Leitz Canada, Black finish, 90mm lens, Tele-Elmartit 1/2.8, one hood and lens pouch provided - Serial number: 2257448 (1968)
Self-portrait: 33 x 48.3 cm (13 x 19 in)
Pigment print made in NYC, USA by Ralph Gibson, signed at the verso (2018) 
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Ralph Gibson is an American master photographer best known for literally inventing a new language of photography in the 1970s. Ralph Gibson builds a narrative meaning through contextualization and surreal juxtaposition. He began his professional career as an assistant to Dorothea Lange and went on to work with Robert Frank on two films. Gibson has maintained a lifelong fascination with books and book-making. To date he has produced over 40 monographs. His photographs are included in over one hundred and fifty museum collections around the world, and have appeared in hundreds of exhibitions. Gibson has received numerous international fellowships, prestigious lifetime awards, honorary doctorate from American universities, as well as decorations from many countries, including the Leica Medal of Excellence Award (1988). He has worked exclusively with the Leica for almost 50 years. Gibson currently lives in New York and travels frequently to Europe and Brazil.


The Leica MP is built for long life and lasting value. This is guaranteed by Leica’s commitment to using only the finest materials and the highest precision manufacturing techniques. Time and time again, the Leica MP has proven its dependability under the most averse conditions. The Leica MP’s strong body – crafted exclusively in metal – will withstand the worst conditions without fail, and batteries are only needed for metering. In fact, skilled photographers can ignore the electronics completely. Uncompromising dependability for all occasions. By definition, photography is writing with light, and the Leica MP enables the photographer to master even the most difficult lighting situations. The camera offers you complete creative control; its selective TTL metering system merely offers supporting data to help you choose the ideal exposure parameters. After years of hard use, when a bit of bright brass begins to show through, it’s a sure sign to savvy photographers that the camera and its owner have shared many memorable experiences. 


This camera has belong to one of the most legendary photographer of all: Ralph Gibson. Ralph bought this camera in 2002 and has used it for around 10 years up until he switched to digital in 2012. It is engraved Ralph Gibson at the back and numbered "MP - 2889767". Leica made 2000 pieces of this model and only one was engraved "Ralph Gibson". It shows some beautiful signs of wears at the bottom and on some buttons, unveiling its gorgeous brass built. The camera comes with one of Ralph's lens, a 1968 90mm Tele-Elmarit 1/2.8 Leitz Canada lens.


As a way to celebrate this very special sale, we are happy to offer a self-portrait of Ralph Gibson. A 13x19 inch digital print, made and signed by the artist in his studio in New York City.