Ray Metzker was born in 1931 in Milwaukee. From 1956-1959, he attended the Institute of Design in Chicago, a renowned school known as the “New Bauhaus” that was established by László Moholy-Nagy. At ID, Metzker studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind.
He had many exhibitions including his first solo exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1959, the Museum of Modern Art New York in 1967, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Laurence Miller Gallery. In 2013 the J.Paul Getty Museum exhibited retrospective of Metzker’s work that traveled to the Nelson Atkins Museum and the Henry Art Museum.
He passed away in October, 2014 at the age of 83 at his home Philadelphia, frequent subject since 1962.
His works can be found in many public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum.