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.