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Paul Graham (photographer)

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Nationality  British
Education  University of Bristol
Role  Photographer

Name  Paul Graham
Known for  Fine-art photography
Paul Graham (photographer) INTERVIEW quotPaul Graham with Richard Woodwardquot 2007
Awards  Hasselblad Award, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
Books  A Shimmer of Possibility, Beyond Caring, Does Yellow Run Forever?, A1: The Great North Road, End of an Age

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Paul Graham (born 1956) is an English fine-art and documentary photographer whose work has been exhibited, published and collected internationally.


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Graham has won the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, the Hasselblad Award, a W. Eugene Smith Grant, fellowships from Winston Churchill Memorial Trusts, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Royal Photographic Society, and won the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards prize for best photographic book of the past 15 years.

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Life and career

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Graham has been a prolific and well published artist, including two survey monographs, by SteidlMack (2009) and Phaidon (1996), along with 10 other publications. One book, Empty Heaven, is devoted to Japan; another, A Shimmer of Possibility, comprises 12 volumes examining the nominal life in the USA.

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His work has been exhibited extensively – notably participating in the Italian Pavilion of the 49th Venice Biennale (2001), the inaugural exhibition at Switzerland's national Fotomuseum Winterthur, and most recently a solo exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art. He was one of the 24 photographers included in the Tate Gallery's landmark "Cruel and Tender" survey exhibition of 20th century photography (2003), and a European mid career survey exhibition at Museum Folkwang, Essen, and touring from 2009–2011 to the Deichtorhallen, Germany, and Whitechapel Gallery, London.


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  • A1—The Great North Road. Bristol: Grey Editions, 1983. ISBN 978-0950870304
  • Beyond Caring. Bristol: Grey Editions, 1985. ISBN 978-0950870311
  • Troubled Land. Bristol: Grey Editions, 1987. ISBN 978-0950870328
  • In Umbra Res. Bradford: National Museum of Photography, Film, and Television, 1991.
  • New Europe. Fotomuseum Winterthur, 1992.
  • Empty Heaven. Zurich: Scalo, 1995. ISBN 978-1881616535
  • Paul Graham. Phaidon Press, London, 1996.
  • End of an Age. Zurich: Scalo, 1999. ISBN 978-3908247173
  • Paintings. New York, NY: Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, 2000. ISBN 978-0967757339
  • American Night. Göttingen: SteidlMack, 2003. ISBN 978-3882439199
  • A Shimmer of Possibility. Göttingen: SteidlMack, 2007. ISBN 978-3865214836. 12 volume hardback.
  • Paul Graham. Göttingen: SteidlMack, 2009. ISBN 978-3865218582
  • A Shimmer of Possibility. Göttingen: SteidlMack, 2009. Single volume softback.
  • Europe: America. Madrid: La Fábrica, 2011. ISBN 978-8415303343. Said to juxtapose two series, New Europe (1986–1992) and A Shimmer of Possibility (2004–2006). Accompanying an exhibition at the Fundación Botín in 2011/2012 curated by Vicente Todolí.
  • Films. London: Mack, 2011. ISBN 978-1907946028
  • The Present. London: Mack, 2012. ISBN 978-1907946189
  • 1981 & 2011. Gothenburg, Sweden: Hasselblad Foundation; London: Mack, 2012. ISBN 978-1-907946-33-2. Produced in conjunction with his receiving the Hasselblad Award and an exhibition. Said to be edited by Paul Graham in collaboration with Dragana Vujanovic and Louise Wolthers from The Hasselblad Foundation and with a text by David Campany, 'Noticing'. Said to unite A1 – The Great North Road (1981) and The Present (2011).
  • Does Yellow Run Forever?. London: Mack, 2014. ISBN 978-1910164068
  • The Whitness of the Whale. London: Mack; San Francisco, Pier 24 Photography, 2015. ISBN 978-1-91016-432-7. American Night, A Shimmer of Possibility and The Present. With texts by David Chandler and Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa.
  • Paris 11~15th November 2015. London: Mack, 2016. ISBN 978-1-910164-64-8.
  • Exhibitions (selected solo and group exhibitions)

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  • Conflits en Irlande du Nord, Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, France, 1987.
  • New Europe, Fotomuseum Winterthur, 1993.
  • Empty Heaven, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, 1995.
  • Hypermetropia, Tate Gallery, London, 1996.
  • End of an Age, Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh, 1998; Galerie Bob Van Orsouw, Zurich, 1998.
  • American Night, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, 2003; Power House, Memphis, TN, 2003; PS1, New York, 2003.
  • American Pictures, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2004.
  • American Night, Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, France, 2006; La Fábrica, Madrid, 2006.
  • Click Double Click, The Documentary Factor, Haus der Kunst, Munich, 2006; Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, 2006
  • A Shimmer of Possibility, MoMA, New York, 2009.
  • Paul Graham. Photographs 1981–2006, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany, 2009; Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany, 2010; Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2011.
  • The Whiteness of the Whale, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, August 3, 2015 – February 29, 2016
  • Awards

  • 1983: Winston Churchill Memorial Trusts fellowship .
  • 1988: W. Eugene Smith Grant from the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund.
  • 2009: Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.
  • 2009: Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society
  • 2010: Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
  • 2011: Best photographic book of the past 15 years for Shimmer of Possibility, awarded by Paris Photo as a precursor to the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, presented in The PhotoBook Review.
  • 2012: Hasselblad Award from the Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • Collections

    Graham's work is held in the following public collections:


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