Ken Graves Four Photographs
Medium Silver prints
Mount on mounts and unmounted
Photo Date 1970s Print Date 1970s
Dimensions 7-1/2 x 11-3/8 in. (191 x 289 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
A collection of vintage prints. Titles include: Playland, San Francisco, CA; Wheel Chair Game Player; County Fair, San Mateo, CA; Two Men with Female Mannequin.
Ken Graves was born in June 27, 1942 in Portland, OR. He received his B.F.A. (1970) and M.F.A. (1971) from the San Francisco Art Institute. He is the co-author of American Snapshots (Scrimshaw Press, 1977) and with Eva Lipman, Ballroom (Milkweed Editions, 1989), text by Sally Sommers. Both Ken and Eva have a forthcoming book, The Making of Men, (Verve Editions, producer), with an introduction by Germaine Greer and an afterword by Susan Kismaric, curator at MOMA, NYC. Ken is the recipient of a Ferguson Grant, Friends of Photography (1973), National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships (1975 and 1986), and the John Guggenheim Fellowship (2000). His work is exhibited and is in the permanent collections of the Allentown Art Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, The George Eastman House, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC, The New York Public Library, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. Ken Graves is currently Professor of Art at the Pennsylvania State University.
Joan Murray has said about Ken Graves: "Graves observes the mores and habits of middle America in a searing documentary style that is cutting and devastating in the acuity of his observation. His photographs shout the irony of what he sees, his own anger, yet reflect his great empathy and sense of humor. His pictures are warm and compassionate, and damning and cruel, yet nowhere does he wander away from the most commonplace of settings...middle America going about being middle America in all its nightmarish incongruities."
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