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Paul Graham * 1956 in Stafford, GB, lives in New York

"Paul Graham belongs to that generation of photographers who were amonst the last to engage with the medium before it became part of the broader contemporary art world. Whilst later photographic based artists would approach the medium as ‘artists using photography’, this unaffiliated grouping - which includes such luminaries as Nan Goldin, Andreas Gursky, Rineke Djikstra, Thomas Struth and Philip-Lorca DiCorcia - engaged with the medium at a time when it was not simply a component in an [...]

"Paul Graham belongs to that generation of photographers who were amonst the last to engage with the medium before it became part of the broader contemporary art world. Whilst later photographic based artists would approach the medium as ‘artists using photography’, this unaffiliated grouping - which includes such luminaries as Nan Goldin, Andreas Gursky, Rineke Djikstra, Thomas Struth and Philip-Lorca DiCorcia - engaged with the medium at a time when it was not simply a component in an artists' repertoire, but unique artistic territory in its own right. At the beginning of the 1980's Graham was among the first photographers to unite contemporary colour practise with the 'documentary' genre [...] Since then Graham moved outside of his UK roots, but continued to explore the fertile territory where the descriptive and artistic aspects of photography coalesce, often tackling difficult subject matter for a medium that engages with the observable world."

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