Paul Graham | the artist




The artist Paul Graham
Born 1956, Stafford, UK.
Lives and works in London and New York.

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…Graham’s work often attracts vociferous opinion and there is little doubt that American Night will generate a comparable outcry as the photographer, a perennial outsider, draws attention to a society outwardly insensible to the consequences of systemic racial inequity.
Hypermetropia
Fotomuseum Winterthur
Documenting people’s everyday lives, Graham approaches social realities with brutal honesty. His works are resolutely contemporary and can be read both artistically and politically, qualities obvious in earlier works like Troubled Land (1987), his photographs from Northern Ireland, or New Europe (1993), a series of images reflecting on history and memory across Western Europe.
Paul Graham (UK, 1956) is part of that generation of photographers born in the 1950’s that have come to prominence in art photography today, whose creatively formative years coincided with the rich flowering of postwar American photography. Whilst later image makers would approach the medium as ‘artists using photography’, this generation, which includes such notables as Nan Goldin, Andreas Gursky, Rineke Djikstra, Thomas Struth and Philip-Lorca DiCorcia, committed themselves to photography at a time when it was not part of the art world…
Hasselblad Award Winner 2012


Woman Smoking, Belfast, 1988. From the series New Europe. © Paul Graham