Paul Graham

Artist lecture Wednesday, February 09, 2011 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Pittsburgh, 2004, from the series a shimmer of possibility

British photographer Paul Graham belongs to a group of photographers born in the 1950s who formed the last generation to engage with photographic practice before it became part of the contemporary art world.

Graham was among the first photographers to unite contemporary color practice with the classic genre of “social documentary.” In 1981–82 he completed A1—The Great North Road, a series of color photographs from along the length of the British A1 road. This work had a transformative effect on the black-and-white tradition that had dominated British art photography up to that point.

Graham’s work distinguishes itself by retaining a firm and full commitment to life as it unfolds—to an understanding that at its core photography begins with an unblinking engagement with the world. Embracing this crucial axiom of photography, Graham’s work affirms this central area of photographic practice by expanding its visual language, and questioning what photography can say, be, or look like.

He now lives and works in New York City.


Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

Pier 24 Photography is pleased to present the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each year, the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program brings six international artists, writers, and curators to San Francisco to offer free and open lectures, and to work one-on-one with students at California College of the Arts.


Larry Sultan Photography Award


Marco Breuer, Untitled (C-1189), 2012 [Detail]

Marco Breuer

Spring 2016 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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Marco Breuer (b. Landshut, Germany) is well known for his radical approach to the photographic medium. Breuer employs nontraditional photographic techniques that do not rely on the use of a camera, aperture, or film, but instead utilize a combination of photogrammic, abrasive, and incisive techniques to make marks and capture images. His work is in numerous public collections at major institutions around the world and is widely exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. Currently residing in upstate New York, Breuer has lectured and taught extensively, and received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2006.