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Paul Graham – Untitled, Paris, 1988 (Man on Metro) Artist Edition Print

To mark the iminent release of Paul Graham’s latest book The Present, published by Mack Books, I thought I would post a print I bought that Graham released through the Whitechapel Gallery last year as part of his retrospective. The image is taken from his New Europe series, created in the early 90’s. This series sought to dig beneath the sheen of a newly unified Europe and remind us of the historical events that shaped the countries we know today. His work touches on the dictatorships of Franco and Hitler, the Holocaust and the Irish conflict and weaves these references in to images of todays society.

The print (55.88 x 43.18cm), was produced in an edition of 115 and a few are still available directly from the gallery here.

Whitechapel Gallery Print

Paul Graham – American Night

It was announced this week that Paul Graham is the 2012 recipient of the Hasselblad Award. Grahams extensive career, over 25 years, has often highlighted the social divides present in the USA and UK; his numerous books on the subject have become highly collectible, not least the multi-award winning A Shimmer Of Possibility. In his book American Night, published by Steidl, Graham juxtaposes images of the American Dream with what for many is the American Reality, the gaping void between rich and poor, black and white. The subjects in his images are often solitary figures shown at a distance, the images almost completely bled of colour and depth so that the subjects become almost invisible. In contrast, there are portraits showing the poor, the disadvantaged and the destitute close up and in full colour as if holding up a declaration of what is all around us in many cities in the US but so often ignored. At the opposite end of the spectrum Graham shows the American Dream of the new car and manicured home in such vibrant technicolour and perfection that they look like film sets.

The theme of the book is reflected and reinforced by the binding and the limited text inside. The hardback is crystal white, with the title embossed on the front; inside the text is white on white.


Paul Graham – Films

In anticipation of Paul Graham’s new book The Present, published by Mack Books this spring, I thought I would present his book Films which was also published by Mack last year. The images in this book are a world away from those that he is best known for, yet they fit perfectly with his ethos of using a variety of photographic techniques to tell a story. In these images, first shown at Anthony Reynolds gallery in London, Graham presents the microscopic details of a films grain. Whilst scanning his images for his career retrospective at the Whitechapel Gallery, Graham also scanned the unexposed ends of the film and enlarged them producing stunning abstract constellations of colour. As the film differs so does the resulting image, no two films are the same. The book is lavishly produced, the pages are lacquered to a high gloss finish so that they have the appearance and feel of celluloid film; I was also lucky enough to pick up a signed copy from the gallery.

Paul Graham - Films

Paul Graham - Films

Paul Graham - Films

Paul Graham - Films

Paul Graham - Films

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