Pedro Meyer: Truth from Fiction

  • Dates: July 4, 2018 - May 24, 2019
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Lehigh University Art Galleries
  • Address: Fairchild-Martindale Library, 8 E Packer Ave, Bethlehem, PA 18015
  • Price: Free


A revolutionary. Mexican photographer Pedro Meyer (b. 1935), is a pioneer of the digital revolution in contemporary photography, one of the first photographers to manipulate his images digitally.  Because of its mechanical nature, photography has often been misconstrued an unbiased reproduction of a single moment, a snapshot of the exact truth – something that Meyer actively disputes in his work. Meyer is renowned, not only for digital manipulation, but also for his powerful and provocative photographs that share his complex vision of reality.

Meyer insists that all photographs – manipulated or not – are equally true and untrue. He argues that digital manipulation continues in the tradition of so-called “straight photography” in which unwanted details are cropped out, or the photographer asks his subject to step out of the shadows into better light. Seen this way, a photographer digitally editing a photograph is no different from a photographer offering stage directions from behind the camera. Both take liberties with the “truth” in service to the photographer’s vision. This exhibition showcases Meyer’s approach toward capturing the truth of a moment, complete with concrete reality of memories and emotions.

Exhibition hours are Monday – Thursday 8AM – 10PM, Friday 8AM – 5PM, and Weekends: 10AM – 5PM.


Born in Madrid, Spain (1935), Pedro Meyer emigrated with his family to Mexico in 1937 and five years later became a Mexican citizen. Meyer began teaching himself photography with a second-hand twin-lens reflex camera he had received for his thirteenth birthday. The first retrospective of his work was held in 1973 at the Instituto Mexicano-Norteamericano de Relaciones Culturales de la Ciudad de México and he has had solo exhibitions in Mexico, United States, as well as throughout Europe and Central and South America. His work is part of many important collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York to name a few. He received the very first grant for a web-based project from the Rockefeller Foundation, and in 1987, was the recipient of a Guggenheim grant to photograph in the United States.

Meyer’s personal innovations in the field of digital photography include creating the first CD-ROM to combine sound and images, creating the first digital prints ever made, and in 1994, creating a renowned online photography forum, — often considered the most-visited digital photography content site on the web.