Chronology

 
1952 Born, Abington, PA, USA
   
1972 Realization that liberal arts wasn't for me. Introduction to photography by my best friend Mark Daniels.
   
1973 Transferred from Gettysburg College to the University of the Arts where I studied under Ray Metzker.
   
1976 Accidently moved across the street from my hero, Emmet Gowin.
   
1978 While starving as a bartender,I met a former student of Walker Evans who sold me his 8x10 Deardorff. It changed my life.
   
1990 Got stabbed in the back in a tenure application at Moore College of Art and Design. Gave up teaching and started shooting for magazines. It was like getting a grant to travel and shoot with each job.
   
1998 Taught at Sarah Lawrence College for Joel Sternfeld. It reintroduced me to teaching in a good way.
   
1999 Took a teaching position at The University of the Arts. It got me off the road, which is both good and bad. I see my family more, but I'm shooting less.....
   
2001 Published "Taking Liberties". A new book that was done almost completely on my own. I think controlling my own destiny is the way to go.
   
2003 Published "Declaring Independence"… I'm always thinking that I have finished this body of work. In reality, this book is the second half of "Taking Liberties".
   
2008 Published "Almost Paradise". This book is meant to have a narrative that overlays the entire sequence of photographs. It is available to the careful viewer.
   
2014 Brilliantly, Martin McNamara of Gallery 339 came up with the idea of linking my 35 years of devotion to my photographing the American cultural landscape together in a show "Thirty-Five Years / 35 Pictures". Very hard to make choices, but the show looks great.
   
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Awards

 
1999 S.O.S. Artist Support Grant, Harrisburg, PA
   
1997 Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, Harrisburg, PA
   
1990 English Speaking Union, Philadelphia, PA
   
1987 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Harrisburg, PA
   
1986 ASMP/Nikon Emerging Photographer Award, New York, NY
   
1984 National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC
   
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Solo Exhibitions

 
2014 Thirty-Five Years / 35 Pictures, Gallery 339, Philadelphia, PA
   
2008 Almost Paradise, Gallery 339, Philadelphia, PA
   
2008 David Graham - Photographs, Silver Eye Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
   
2007 Photographs, PDNB Gallery, Dallas, TX
   
2004 Declaring Independence, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL
   
2004 Mules of Bucks County, James A. Michener Museum Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
   
2003 Alone Together, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
   
2003 Taking Liberties, Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington, DC
   
2002 Taking Liberties, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York, NY
   
2002 Taking Liberties, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
   
2002 Taking Liberties, Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
   
2001 Taking Liberties, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
   
2000 Land of the Free, Burden Gallery, New York, NY
   
1999 All American Boy, Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
   
1999 David Graham, Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
   
1991 1991, 1989, & 1987, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY
   
1987 American Beauty, International Center of PHotography, New York, NY
   
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Group Exhibitions

 
2013 William Eggleston and his Circle, PDNB Gallery, Dallas, TX
   
2012 Man Made Color, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY
   
2011 Flora and Fauna, Salt Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
   
2011 The Unseen Eye, International Museum of Photography, Rochester, NY
   
2010 Hidden Treasures, PDNB Gallery, Dallas, TX
   
2009 Spectacle, Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
   
2006 Contemporary Photography, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
   
2004 Common Groundq, Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, DC
   
2004 Water, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York, NY
   
2004 Wirklich Wahr, Ruhrland Museum, Essen, Germany
   
2003 Home, Ricco/ Maresca Gallery, New York, NY
   
2003 Maine, ASAP, Northeast Harbor, ME
   
2002 Elvis, Howard Greenburg Gallery, New York, NY
   
2001 Pretty, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York, NY
   
2001 Family, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York City
   
2001 Mural as Muse, Deutche Bank, New York City
   
1999 Wonderland, Noorderlicht Fotofest, The Netherlands
   
1997 Las Vegas, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
   
1991 Pivot, Moysten Art Center, Gwynedd, North Wales
   
199 Howard Finster's Garden, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
   
1986 Color Photography, Photokina, Cologne, Germany
   
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Collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
San Fransico Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Phildelphia Museum of Art, Phildaelphia, PA
International Museum for Photography at the George Eastman House, Rochester NY
International Center of Photography, New York, NY
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Bibliography

Almost Paradise. David Graham. Pond Press, Boston, 2008 (photo-eye Cat# ZD533)
 
Declaring Independence. David Graham. Pond Press, Boston, 2004 (photo-eye Cat# ZC233)
 
The Christmas List. A Holly, Jolly Treasury of Seasonal Stats. David Graham. Quirk, Philadelphia, 2003 (photo-eye Cat# ZC199)
 
Alone Together. David Graham. Pond Press, Boston, 2002 (photo-eye Cat# ZC012)
 
Taking Liberties. Photographs by David Graham. Intro by Robert Venturi. Pond Press, Boston, MA, 2001 (photo-eye Cat# ZB863H)
 
Ay, Cuba!. David Graham / Andrei Codrescu. St. Martins Press, New York, 1999 (photo-eye Cat# ST047)
 
Land of the Free. What Makes America Different. Photographs by David Graham. Text by Andrei Condrescu. Aperture, New York, 1999 (photo-eye Cat# AP418)
 
Past and Present Tense. Contact Sheet 99. Photographs by David Graham.. Light Work, Syracuse, 1998 (photo-eye Cat# LW012)
 
Road Scholar. Coast to Coast Late in the Century. Photographs by David Graham. Text by Andrei Codrescu.. Hyperion, New York, 1993 (photo-eye Cat# LB037)
 
Only in America. Some Unexpected Scenery. Photographs by David Graham. Introduction by Jane and Michael Stern.. Knopf, New York, 1991 (photo-eye Cat# KN041)
 
American Beauty. Photographs by David Graham. Introduction by Guy Martin. Aperture, New York, NY, 1987 (photo-eye Cat# AP146)
 
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Education

 
1973 - 1976 University of the Arts, BFA
  Studied with Ray K. Metzker
1978 - 1981 Tyler School of Art, MFA
  Studied with William Larson




Favorite Photography Books

The Americans, Robert Frank, (photo-eye Cat# PK109S)
 
Carleton Watkins: The Art of Perception, Douglas Nickels, (photo-eye Cat# AB194H)
 
Diane Arbus, Diane Arbus, (photo-eye Cat# AP353H)
 
Walker Evans, Jeff Rosenheim, (photo-eye Cat# ZB516H)
 
Josef Sudek, Josef Sudek, (photo-eye Cat# ID100S)
 



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