Paul Graham


*1956 in Stafford, UK
Lives in
New York City
Works with

Paul Graham is a British photographer living and working in New York City. In 1981, Graham completed his first acclaimed work, by photographing life along England's primary arterial road in a series of color photographs entitled A1: The Great North Road. His use of color film in the late 1970s and early 1980s, at a time when British photography was dominated by traditional black-and-white social documentary, had a revolutionizing effect on the genre. Soon after, a new school of photography emerged with artists like Martin Parr, Richard Billingham, Simon Norfolk, and Nick Waplington making the switch to color.

Over the past three decades, Graham has traveled widely, producing 13 distinct bodies of work. Graham has been the subject of more than 80 solo exhibitions worldwide and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the 2009 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and the 2012 Hasselblad Foundation International Award, considered to be photography's highest honor. Graham's work is included in museum and private collections around the world.

End of an Age is comprised of portraits of twentysomethings in the clubs and bars of Western Europe. As Graham explains, the series documents "people at that age when one has left childhood, but has not quite integrated fully into adulthood. These are their locations, their territories-bars, clubs, parties-and these are the hours when they are free to be themselves, when they possess the city." Some photographs catch the singular subject unaware, unposed, and usually in profile, while others are almost entirely obscured by color casts.