Faculty member and alumnus David Graham BFA '76 (Photography) is a photographer living in three worlds. He makes his own work, which is his first love. This work has been published in seven books, including American Beauty (Aperture 1987), Only in America (Knopf 1991), Alone Together (Pond Press 2003) and Almost Paradise (Pond Press 2008). He is represented by the PDNB Gallery in Dallas, Texas, and Gallery 339 in Philadelphia. David also works in the freelance world, shooting for magazines including The New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Forbes and Details. Additionally, he has shot ad campaigns, most notably for Mastercard. Lastly, David teaches photography; he has taught at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, Sarah Lawrence College, the International Center of Photography in NYC, and he is a professor here at the University of the Arts.
David, a documentary photographer who has tirelessly traversed this country, wearing out three Volvos while making thousands of photographs and hundreds of friends. He has been unable to stop searching the country for the odd, unusual and colorful. His quest has taken him from back roads to backyards to bathrooms. He has found Americans at their finest, coast to coast. His engaging and joyous photographs tell us what it means to be an American and to be proud of it.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y.; the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; the Samuel Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, N.Y.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Biblioteque Nationale de France, Paris, France; International Museum of Photography, Rochester, N.Y.; and Fotografie Forum, Cologne, Germany.
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, 2004, 1999, 1997 & 1987
English Speaking Union, 1990 & 1987
ASMP/Nikon Emerging Photographer Award, 1986
National Endowment for the Arts, 1984
Selected Solo Exhibitions
Gallery 339, Philadelphia, 2008 & 2007; Silver Eye Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2008; Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, Ill.; Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pa., 2004 & 2001; Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington, D.C., 2003; Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York, 2002; Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, 2002; Burden Gallery, New York, 2000; Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, 2000 & 1991; and Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, 1991, 1989, 1987.