Paul Graham  (British, 1956) 

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Paul Graham (British, b.1956) is a British artist who works in Fine Art photography. His pieces typically show people and objects in realistic settings with Surreal or unusual elements added to the image. Though Graham worked as a photographer during his twenties, he did not have his first show until he was 30. This show took place at the Watershed Gallery in Bristol, England, in 1986. That same year, he received the GLC Publications Award and the Arts Council Publications Award. Graham also received the Young Photographers Award, the Channel 4/Arts Council Video Bursary, the Charles Pratt Memorial Fellowship, and the Royal Photographic Society Award. In 2012, the Hasselblad Foundation awarded him the International Award in Photography, making him the only British winner of the award. Though Fine Art photography existed for a number of years, Graham was one of the first photographers to begin working in the field during the 1980s. His work entitled A1-The Great North Road focused on a stretch of the A1 road, using bright and saturated colors.

Graham is the author of 12 books, or survey monographs, that document different areas of the world. A Shimmer of Possibility is a 12-book series that shows images he took across the United States. Empty Heaven documents his tour of Japan. He also created the books SteidlMACK and Phaidon. His pieces often highlight cultural or historic moments in history. For instance, Beyond Caring focused on the plight of the unemployed. Troubled Land is another famous piece because Graham was one of the first photographers to document the troubles in Northern Ireland.

Over the years, the photographer has participated in gallery exhibitions around the world, including those held at the Kodak Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, the Anthony Reynolds Gallery in London, England, the Karyn Lovegrove Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, and the Galerie Claire Burrus in Paris, France. The Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York, NY, displayed his work The Present in 2012. The Tate Gallery in London, England, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Arts Council of Great Britain in London, all have his work on permanent display. Graham currently divides his time between London England and New York City.

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Paul Graham, Nassau Street, 7th September 2010, 1.57.04 pm

 

Paul Graham
Nassau Street, 7th September 2010, 1.57.04 pm
2010-2011

Galerie Filles du Calvaire
Paul Graham, 8th Avenue & 57th Street, 23rd June 2010, 11.21.25 am

 

Paul Graham
8th Avenue & 57th Street, 23rd June 2010, 11.21.25 am
2011-2012

Galerie Filles du Calvaire
Paul Graham, East Broadway, 7th April 2010, 4.03.42 pm

 

Paul Graham
East Broadway, 7th April 2010, 4.03.42 pm
2010-2011

Galerie Filles du Calvaire
Paul Graham, Kodak Vericolor Professional Type S, 160asa, A1 The Great North Road, 1982 from the series Films

 

Paul Graham
Kodak Vericolor Professional Type S, 160asa, A1 The Great North Road, 1982 from the series Films
2011

Anthony Reynolds Gallery
Paul Graham, Little Chef in Rain St Neots, Cambridgeshire, May 1982, from the series A1 - The Great North Road

 

Paul Graham
Little Chef in Rain St Neots, Cambridgeshire, May 1982, from the series A1 - The Great North Road
1982

Anthony Reynolds Gallery
Paul Graham, Army Stop and Search, Warrenpoint, 1986, from the series Troubled Land

 

Paul Graham
Army Stop and Search, Warrenpoint, 1986, from the series Troubled Land
1986

Anthony Reynolds Gallery
Paul Graham, New Orleans (Cajun corner), série a Shimmer of Possibility

 

Paul Graham
New Orleans (Cajun corner), série a Shimmer of Possibility
Galerie Filles du Calvaire
Paul Graham, Série American Night #44

 

Paul Graham
Série American Night #44
1998

Galerie Filles du Calvaire
Paul Graham, Fuji Fujicolor Reala Gen 2, 100asa, American Night 2001, from the series Films

 

Paul Graham
Fuji Fujicolor Reala Gen 2, 100asa, American Night 2001, from the series Films
2011

Anthony Reynolds Gallery
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Paul Graham, Untitled no. 8 (Painting Series)

 

Paul Graham
Untitled no. 8 (Painting Series), 1999
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Paul Graham, End of An Age No.44

 

Paul Graham
End of An Age No.44, 1998
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Paul Graham, A1 The Great North Road

 

Paul Graham
A1 The Great North Road, 1983
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1956   Born in England
1985   GLAA Visual Arts Award, London
1986   GLC Publications Award, London
1986   Arts Council Publications Award
1987   Young Photographers Award, ICP, New York
1987   Channel 4/Arts Council Video Bursary
1987   Hayward Gallery Commission, London
1988   Eugene Smith Memorial Fellowship, USA
1989   Fellow in Photography, Museum of Photography, Bradford
1992   Arts Council Publications Award, London
1994   Arts Council Publications Award, London
1995   Charles Pratt Memorial Fellowship, USA
2009   Awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, London
2009   Awarded the Royal Photographic Society Award
2010   Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship
2012   Awarded The Hasselblad International Award for Photography
  Lives and works in London and New York
2012   Beyond Caring and The Present, LE BAL, Paris, France
2012   Hasselbad Award Winner 2012, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Suède
2012   Paul Graham : A Shimmer of possibility, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Irlande
2011   Paul Graham, Photographs 1981-2006, Whitechapel Gallery, London (solo)
2011   Whitechapel Gallery, London, Great Britain (solo)
2011   Films, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London (solo)
2011   Paul Graham, Fundacion Marcelino Botin, Santander, Spain (solo)
2011   Beyond Caring, Kunstverein Freiburg (solo)
2011   Historias de la Vida Material, Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear,
2010   British Photography from the ’70 and ’80, Krakow Photomonth 2010 Festival, Krakow, Poland
2010   Grand National, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway
2010   Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
2010   Paul Graham: A Shimmer of Possibility, Foam_Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam (solo)
2010   Where in the World?, Pace MacGill Gallery, New York, NY
2010   Paul Graham, Photographs 1981-2006, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg(solo)
2009   The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, The Photographers’ Gallery, London touring to C/O, Berlin and Neue Börse, Frankfurt
2009   Paul Graham, An Anthology, Anthony Reynolds Gallery (solo)
2009   Paul Graham, Photographs 1981-2006, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York (solo)
2009   Paul Graham, Photographs 1981-2006, Salon 94 Freemans, New York (solo)
2009   Paul Graham, Photographs 1981-2006, Folkwang Museum, Essen
2009   a shimmer of possibility, Museum of Modern Art, New York (solo)
2009   MoMA, New York, USA (solo)
2009   Gemeente museum, Den Haag, Netherlands (solo)
2009   Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland (solo)
2009   Paul Graham, a shimmer of possibility, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (solo)
2008   Folkwang Museum, Essen (solo)
2008   Paul Graham, a shimmer of possibility, Carlier Gebauer, Berlin (solo)
2008   Paul Graham, a shimmer of possibility, Les Filles du Calvaires, Paris (solo)
2008   Paul Graham, a shimmer of possibility, Crown Gallery, Brussels (solo)
2008   Paul Graham, a shimmer of possibility, La Fabrica, Madrid (solo)
2008   No Such Thing as Society: Photography in Britain 1967-1987; From the British Council and the Arts
2008   Council Collection, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales, touring to UK venues and The Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
2008   Ideal Youth, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, curated by Russell Ferguson
2008   Street & Studio, Tate Modern, touring to Museum Folkwang, Essen
2007   Paul Graham, A Shimmer of Possibility, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London (solo)
2007   How We Are: Photographing Britain, Tate Britain, London
2007   Photo-London, London
2007   Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Art, London
2006   Paul Graham, American Night, La Fabrica, Madrid (solo)
2006   Paul Graham, American Night, Les Filles du Calvaires, Paris (solo)
2006   Paul Graham, American Night, Rencontres d’Arles, Arles (solo)
2006   Work, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, Ireland
2006   The Northern Ireland Collection, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton
2006   Click Doubleclick, Bozar Center for Fine Arts, Brussels
2006   Different Realities?, Crown Gallery, Brussels
2006   Making History: Art and Documentary in Britain from 1929 to Now, Tatel Liverpool (cat.)
2005   Appearance, Whitehall Waterfront, Leeds (cat.)
2005   Bidibibodibiboo, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino
2005   Arbeit – Work, Labour, Galerie im Taxipalais, Innsbruck (cat.)
2005   Miradas y Conceptos, MEIAC, Badajoz
2005   Emergencias, MUSAC, León
2004   Paul Graham, American Night, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, St. Louis (solo)
2004   Paul Graham, Fundación Telefonica, PHotoEspaña, Madrid (cat.) (solo)
2004   American Night, Carlier Gebauer, Berlin (solo)
2004   American Pictures, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2004   Extra City, Centre for Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium
2004   Painting, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
2004   About Face – Photography and the death of the portrait, Hayward Gallery, London
2004   L’Eblouissement, Galerie National du Jeu de Paume, Paris (cat.)
2004   Je t’envisage, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne
2004   American Night, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles
2004   American Night, Crown Gallery, Brussels
2003   American Night, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
2003   American Night, PS1 MOMA, New York
2003   American Night, Power House, Memphis
2002   Paintings, Crown Gallery, Brussels
2001   End of an Age, Galleria Marabini, Bologna
2001   Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles
2000   Paintings, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London (cat., ill.)
2000   Galerie Bob Van Orsouw, Zurich
2000   Lawrence Rubin Greenberg Van Doren Fine Art, New York
2000   End of an Age, Scalo, New York
1998   Hippolyte Gallery, Helsinki
1998   Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh
1998   Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich
1997   Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
1996   Empty Heaven, Galleri Tommy Lund, Odense
1996   Hypermetropia, Tate Gallery, London
1995   Empty Heaven, Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg
1995   Le Case d’Arte, Milan (cat., ill.)
1995   Galleria Casa d’Arte, Milano
1993   New Europe, Fotomuseum Winterthur
1993   Television Portraits, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
1992   Galerie Claire Burrus, Paris
1991   Aschenbach, Amsterdam
1990   Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
1990   National Museum of Film and Photography, Bradford
1990   Galerie Esther Schipper, Cologne
1989   Galerie Claire Burus, Paris
1989   Centre Regional de la Photographie, Douchy
1988   PPOW Gallery, New York
1988   Museum Het Princessehof, Leeuwarden
1987   Jones Troyer Gallery, Washington DC
1987   Kodak Gallery, Tokyo
1987   Arles Rencontres, Arles, France
1987   Stills Gallery, Edinburgh
1987   FNAC, Les Halles, Paris
1987   Cornerhouse Arts Centre, Manchester
1986   National Museum of Photography, Bradford
1986   travelling exhibition to Birmingham, Kendal, Cheltenham, Cardiff
1986   Photographers’ Gallery, London
1986   Watershed Gallery, Bristol
2011    Films, MACK, London
2011    Beyond Caring, Errata Editions
2011    Delfim Sardo , Historias de la Vida Material, pub. Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear
2011    Mark Prince, ‘Paul Graham’, Art Monthly, June 2011
2011    Helen Sumpter, ‘Paul Graham: Photographs 1981-2006’, Time Out London, 5-11 May
2011    Francis Hodgson, ‘Paul Graham, Whitechapel Gallery, London’, F inancial Times, 2 May
2011    Alastair Sooke, ‘Vision that lights up the gloom’, The Telegraph, 26 April
2011    Diane Smyth, ‘Paul Graham’, The British Journal of Photography, April
2011    Adrian Searle, ‘Paul Graham: Smoke and Mirrors’, The Guardian, 19 April
2011    Sean O’Hagan, ‘Poetry in the Unforseen Moment’, The Observer New Review, 10 April
2010    Sue Steward, ‘Colour Code’, Evening Standard, 7 April
2010    Una Storia della Fotografia del XX e del XXI Secolo, Zanichelli, Bologna
2009    Paul Graham, steidlMack, London
2009    David Deitcher, ‘Paul Graham, Museum of Modern Art New York’, Artforum, May ‘Prizes’, Art Monthly, May
2009    Paul Graham Wins Deutsche Boerse Photography Prize’, www.artforum.com, 26 March
2009    Nina Caplan, ‘Snap decisions’, Time Out, 5 March
2009    Leo Benedictus, ‘Paul Graham’s Best Shot’, The Guardian, 5 March
2009    Claire Holland, ‘Visions Personal and Political’, Financial Times, 2 March
2009    Liz Jobey, ‘Photographer Paul Graham: fragments of life’, The Guardian, 2 March
2009    Sue Steward, ‘Small lives and large secrets’, Evening Standard, 20 February
2009    Karen Rosenberg, ‘Roadside Refections on Your Land, My Land’, The New York Times, 6 February
2009    Drusilla Beufus, ‘A Cut Above’, Telegraph Magazine, 24 January
2009    ‘Paul Graham at Folkwang Museum, Essen’, www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/blogon/2009
2009    Liz Jobey, ‘Snappy new year: photography books for 2009’, The Guardian, 2 January
2008    Street and Studio, Tate Publishing
2008    Oliver Laurent, ‘Paul Graham’s second crack at Deutsch Borse’, British Journal of Photography, 29 October
2008    Matthew Higgs, Frieze, issue 112, January-February
2007 - 2008    Martin Herbert, ‘A Shimmer of Possibility’, Photoworks, Autumn/Winter, November/April
2007    A Shimmer of Possibility, steidl MACK, London http://5b4.blogspot.com, November 5th
2007    David Campany, ‘Life is just so astonishing…’, Art World, issue 1, Oct/Nov
2007    Pluk, Autumn, Issue #34
2007    Helen Sumpter, ‘Paul Graham’, Time Out, 26 September – 2 October
2007    ‘Britain Through The Lens”, Royal Photographic Journal, June 2007
2007    Haworth-Booth and Charlotte Cotton, ‘Photo-London 2007’, Kultureflash.net, issue 206, 31st May
2007    Richard Dorment, ‘Great Britain: this is your life’, The Daily Telegraph, 22 May
2006    Andrew Hunt, 'Work', Frieze, September (ill.)
2005    Sarah James, 'The Truth about Photography', Art Monthly, Dec- Jan (ill.)
2005    Jeffrey Hughes, ‘Paul Graham, American Night’, Contemporary Magazine, Issue 70
2004    Michel Guerrin, ‘Les paysages peoples d’indices politique de Paul Graham’, Le Monde, 10 July
2004    Val Williams, ‘Paul Graham – American Night’, Portfolio, #38 (ill.)
2004    Martin Seidel, ‘Cruel and Tender’, Kunstforum International, Bd. 169, Marz-April (ill.)
2004    ‘Enveloped by the landscape of the living’, Los Angeles Times
2003    Vince Aletti, ‘Stalking the invisible man in the American Landscape’, The Village Voice,
2003    Steve Dollar, ‘Glaring Examples of America’, City Arts, 23 November (ill.)
2003    Martin Coomer, ‘Paul Graham’, Time Out, 5-12 November (ill.)
2003    Cory Dugan, ‘Through a veil of white, Graham exposes social divide’, GoMemphis: The Arts, 19 October
2003    Jessica Lack, ‘Paul Graham’, The Guardian Guide, 18 October (ill.)
2003    New York Times Magazine, 12 October (cover)
2003    Pablo Lafuente, ‘Illuminations’, ArtReview, October (ill.)
2003    ‘Paul Graham – American Night’, pluk, Sept/Oct, Issue 14 (ill.)
2003    Paul Bonaventura, ‘Paul Graham: The Troubles’, Circa Art Magazine, online feature article (ill.)
2003    Eliza Williams, ‘Thatcher’, Contemporary, Issue 53 (ill.)
2003    Rachel Campbell Johnston, Play – The Times, 7-13 June (ill.)
2003    Matthew Parris, ‘If I had £10,000, I would buy this picture of Margaret Thatcher’, The Spectator, 17 May
2003    Michael Binyon, ‘Deface of the Nation’, The Times, 18 April
2003    American Night, steidl MACK, London
2001    Kunstforum International, August – October (ill.)
2001    Richard Cork, 'Too many tours spoil the broth', The Times, 13 June
2000    Adrian Searle, 'Closely observed lavatories', The Guardian, 18 October
2000    Izi Glover, ‘Paul Graham’, Time Out, 18-25 October (ill.)
2000    Jessica Lack, The Guardian Guide, 7-13 October (ill.)
2000    Helen Sumpter, ‘Paul Graham: Paintings’, Hot Tickets: Evening Standard, 6-12 October
2000    ‘Something to Declare?’, The Independent on Sunday, 24 September
2000    Helen Sumpter, ‘Art Attacks’, The Big Issue, 11-17 September (ill.)
2000    Paintings, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London; Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich; and Lawrence Rubin • Greenberg Van Doren • Fine Art, New York
1999    End of an Age, Scalo Books, Zurich
1996    Paul Graham, Phaidon Press, London
1995    Empty Heaven, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg / Scalo Books, Zurich
1993    God in Hell, Grey Editions, London (Artists books)
1993    New Europe, Fotomuseum Winterthur / Cornerhouse Publications, Manchester
1990    Bradford / Cornerhouse Publications, Manchester
1990    In Umbra Res, National Museum of Photography, Film and Television,
1987    Troubled Land, Grey Editions, London
1986    Beyond Caring, Grey Editions, London
1983    A1-The Great North Road, Grey Editions, London