My favorites in the show were the two massive images from American Night (one 1998, one 2002). The first depicts a seemingly downtrodden man with an eye patch, standing in a darkened alley, near a graffiti covered corrugated steel security pull down and an array of gumball machines. The second shows a lone man standing in an empty parking lot in a pupil-dilating field of white brightness. Both of these works take what at first glance is a simple documentary image and make it something altogether more powerful. We'll certainly go in search of more images from this particular project to get a wider view of the whole effort.
Overall, this show is a bit uneven, but it certainly worth a visit as further background on the evolution of Graham's career.
- Paul Graham Archive (here)
- 2009 Deutsche Borse Prize (here)
- 2009 Interview with PDN (here)
- American Night (here)
Through May 2nd