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"For more than twenty years he has been recording the scenes of a mobile America looking for meaning at the crossroads of kitsch and culture, past and present, and fantasy and reality- and has indeed given us a portrait of a country that refuses to fit, like himself, into neat categories."
David Graham is a native Bucks County photographer, who aims to capture the vitality of America's cultural landscape through his eccentric and often humorous works. In 1973, Graham graduated from Gettysburg College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology before obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and a minor in Film from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1976. He later went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Temple University's Tyler School of Art in 1980.
Graham's photography has been exhibited at the Michener Art Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, New York University, Florida State University, the Howard Greenburg Gallery in New York, University of Arts, and the Museum of Modern Art. Additionally, his work has been displayed in collections at the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the International Museum for Photography. He has won both an NEA grant and an award from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
David Graham has published several books containing his photographs including Declaring Independence, The Christmas List, Alone Together, Taking Liberties, and Land of the Free.
David Graham. Image courtesy of artist. James A. Michener Art Museum archives.
Education and Training
Tyler School of Art, Master of Fine Arts in Photography, Elkins Park, PA 1978-1980
Philadelphia College of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, minor in Film, Philadelphia, PA 1973-1976
Gettysburg College, Major in Sociology, Gettysburg, PA 1970-1973
Teachers and Influences
Emmet Gowin and Ray Metzker
Affliations and Memberships
Board Member of the Print Center in Philadelphia
Silver Eye Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, 2008
Gallery 339, Philadelphia, PA, 2007
Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2004; Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA, 2004
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA, 1999-2000
Engulfed by Katrina, New York University, New York, NY, 2006
Heartfelt, Florida State University, 2005
Home Ricco/Maresca, New York, NY, 2003
Maine ASAP, Northeast Harbor, ME, 2003
Elvis, Howard Greenburg Gallery, New York, NY, 2002
Re/viewing Photography, University of Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 2002
Bucks County Portraits, Doylestown, PA, 2002
Pretty, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York, NY, 2001
Family, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY, 2001
Murals, Deutsche Bank, New York, NY, 2001
Open Ends, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 2000
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
International Museum for Photography, Rochester, NY
Declaring Independence, David Graham, Pond Press, 2004
The Christmas List, David Graham, Quirk Books, 2003
Alone Together, David Graham, Pond Press, 2002
Taking Liberties, David Graham, Pond Press, 2001
Land of the Free, David Graham, Aperture, 1999
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Teaching and Professional Appointments
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
New York University/ICP Graduate Program, New York, NY
Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA
David Graham is a current resident of the Newtown area with his wife and two daughters. Many of his photographs consist of landscape or people in Bucks County or its surrounding areas. He has also taught in many schools around the area including Moore College of Art and Design, Bucks County Community College, and most recently University of the Arts.