Pratt Institute | 200 Willoughby Avenue
Location: E-2 Lecture Hall, ARC Building, Lower Level, Brooklyn Campus
Book signing for The Whiteness of the Whale and Paris 11-15th November 2015 to follow at 8 PM
Paul Graham was born in the United Kingdom in 1956. His use of color film in the late 1970s and early 1980s, at a time when British photography was dominated by traditional black-and-white social documentary, had a revolutionizing effect on the genre, causing a new school of color photography to emerge. In 1981, Graham completed his first acclaimed work, by photographing life along England’s primary arterial road in a series of color photographs entitled A1: The Great North Road. In 2011, The Museum of Modern Art acquired the complete set of prints that Graham had originally used to print his first book in 1983. Over the past three decades, Graham has traveled widely, producing 13 distinct bodies of work that include Beyond Caring (1984–1985), Empty Heaven (1989–1995), Ceasefire (6–8 April 1994), End of the Age (1996–1998), American Night (1998–2002), a shimmer of possibility (2004–2006), The Present (2011), and Does Yellow Run Forever? (2011– 2014). Graham has published a dedicated monograph for nearly every series of work, most famously his twelve-volume collection titled a shimmer of possibility (co-published with steidlMACK), which was honored with the 2011 Paris Photo Book Prize for the most important photography book published in the past 15 years. Graham has had more than 80 solo exhibitions worldwide, most recently Graham’s American Trilogy: American Night, a shimmer of possibility, and The Present at Pier 24, 2015-16, which corresponded with the release of The Whiteness of the Whale (Mack, 2015). Graham is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the 2009 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and the 2012 Hasselblad Foundation International Award. His work is included in public collections around the world including The Museum of Modern Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Whitney Museum of American Art; Tate Gallery; National Museum of Photography; Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as in private collections internationally. Graham has been represented by Pace and Pace/MacGill Gallery since 2011. He lives and works in New York City.
Lectures are free and open to the Pratt community and to the public. Please reserve tickets by visiting pratt-photography-lectures.ticketleap.com Doors open at 6 PM for ticket holders. Doors open for additional seating at 6:15 PM. Space is limited.
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