Katy Grannan

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Katy Grannan
Born 1969
Arlington, Massachusetts, USA
Nationality American
Known for Photography

Katy Grannan (born 1969 Arlington, Massachusetts) is an American portrait photographer.


Grannan earned her humanities BA from The University of Pennsylvania and her MFA in Photography from the Yale University School of Art.[1]


Grannan's work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and is in public collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.[2]

Her preference to photograph strangers began while she was still at Yale School of Art, when she placed newspaper adverts asking for "people for portraits".[1] This work culminated in the monograph "The Model American".

For her series Boulevard, she was influenced by her new surroundings in California. Grannan would photograph strangers in Los Angeles and San Francisco against stark bright backgrounds.[3] She befriended several of the subjects and made a video piece called "The Believers" with them [4]

She is influenced by the work of photographers such as Diane Arbus and Nan Goldin.[5] A review of her 2009 London exhibition, The Westerns, described her work as "never less than intriguing" with "an otherworldliness here that sets her apart from her influences."[5]

Katy Grannan is represented by Greenberg Van Doren Gallery and Salon 94 in New York, and Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco. Commissions are managed by Fred & Associates.


In the Spring of 2015, The Nine, Grannan's first feature length film will be released. Shot over three years on South Ninth Street or "The Nine", the film looks at the community living in the same area that Dorothea Lange explored during the Great Depression.[6]


Grannan grew up in Arlington, Massachusetts. Her father was an undertaker.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d Denes, Melissa (November 5, 2005). "Our little secret". The Guardian (London). Retrieved July 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ http://whitney.org/Collection/KatyGrannan
  3. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/julie-henson/katy-grannans-boulevard-a_b_806491.html
  4. ^ http://vimeo.com/22914861
  5. ^ a b O'Hagan, Sean (December 28, 2008). "Soho Nights and Katy Grannan: The Westerns". The Observer (London). Retrieved July 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ http://fraenkelgallery.com/exhibitions/99

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