Throughout the 1950’s, 60’s, and early 70’s, Ralph Eugene Meatyard created a series of photographs titled “The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater” in which he photographed his wife wearing an old hag’s mask in the role of Lucybelle Crater, along with other Meatyard family members and friends who are also wearing masks. The resulting images are both comical and grotesque with an underlying strangeness that is visually intriguing. The photographs are all black and white, which allows the masks worn by Meatyard’s characters to blend in with the rest of the figure in a hauntingly realistic way. In 1974, a book containing the 64 image series was published by the Jargon Society.
text written by Canbra Hodsdon