Ralph Eugene Meatyard (May 15, 1925 – May 7, 1972) was an American photographer, from Normal, Illinois.
Meatyard made work in productive bursts, often leaving his film undeveloped for long stretches, then working feverishly in the makeshift darkroom in his home. “His approach was somewhat improvisational and very heavily influenced by the jazz music of the time.”[1] Using his children as props to explore what could be called his prime subject, Meatyard addressed the surreal “masks” of identity and the ephemeral nature of surface matter.