Paul Graham (photographer)

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Paul Graham
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Paul Graham
Born 1956
Nationality British
Education Self-taught
Known for Fine art photography

Paul Graham (born 1956) is an English fine-art and documentary photographer[1] whose work has been exhibited, published and collected internationally.

Graham has won the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize,[citation needed] a W. Eugene Smith Grant,[2] a Winston Churchill Memorial Trusts fellowship,[citation needed] a Guggenheim Fellowship,[citation needed] the Hasselblad Award[3][4] and the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards prize for best photographic book of the past 15 years.[5]

Life and career[edit]

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;[6] another, A Shimmer of Possibility, comprises 12 volumes examining the nominal life[vague] in the USA.[7]

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.[7] He was one of the 24 photographers included in the Tate Gallery's landmark "Cruel and Tender" survey exhibition of 20th century photography (2003),[8] and a European mid career survey exhibition at Museum Folkwang, Essen, and touring from 2009–2011 to the Deichtorhallen, Germany, and Whitechapel Gallery, London.


  • 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'.[9] 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.

Exhibitions (selected solo and group exhibitions)[edit]



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

  • Arts Council of Great Britain, London
  • British Council, London
  • Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen
  • European Parliament, Brussels
  • Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur[17]
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY
  • Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York[18]
  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León
  • The Museum of Modern Art, New York[19]
  • National Museum of Photography, Bradford
  • The Saint Louis Art Museum, MO
  • Tate Gallery, London[20]
  • Victoria & Albert Museum, London
  • Winnipeg Art Museum, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • The Whitney Museum of Art, New York


  1. ^ O'Hagan, Sean (8 March 2012). "Photographer Paul Graham wins 2012 Hasselblad award". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "1988: Recipients: Paul Graham". W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Paul Graham – 2012 Hasselblad Award Winner". Hasselblad Foundation. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Hasselblad Foundation
  5. ^ a b "Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards – PhotographyBLOG". 
  6. ^ Bettina Lockemann, Das Fremde sehen: Der europäische Blick auf Japan in der künstlerischen Dokumentarfotografie (Transcript, 2008; ISBN 3-8376-1040-3), p.211 (here at Google Books).
  7. ^ a b "a shimmer of possibility.". Art.Base. 
  8. ^ Tate Modern past exhibition list ([1])
  9. ^ "MACK – Paul Graham – 1981 & 2011". MACK. 
  10. ^ "Haus der Kunst - Detail". 23 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "a shimmer of possibility. Photographs by Paul Graham". The Museum of Modern Art. 
  12. ^ " Museum Folkwang präsentiert Paul Graham /". 
  13. ^ DEICHTORHALLEN HAMBURG (20 October 2011). "Deichtorhallen Hamburg: Paul Graham – Fotografien 1981–2006". 
  14. ^ Gefter, Phillip (21 February 2016). "Paul Graham and Seizing the Everyday Moments". The New York Times. 
  15. ^ Harrison Tedford, Matthew (19 August 2015). "Paul Graham's Photos Tell Expansive Story of Everyday America". KQED. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  16. ^ Haeusslein, Allie (October 28, 2015). "Paul Graham on The Whiteness of the Whale at Pier 24 Photography". Aperture Foundation. Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  17. ^ His photographs at Fotomuseum Winterthur. Accessed 17 September 2010.
  18. ^ "Collection". The Metropolitan Museum of Art, i.e. The Met Museum. 
  19. ^ "Paul Graham". The Museum of Modern Art. 
  20. ^ "Paul Graham – Tate". Tate. 

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