"Without money, celebrity, powerful technology or a gun, it's hard to be heard or seen in George Bush's America. Images of war and suffering and conservative mendacity dominate. The common man is scorned, left unemployed and sick. But the sign builders and the menu makers, the proprietors of used car lots, guitar shops, ratty roadside flower stands, seat cover shacks and brothels do not give up wanting to be included in the world. They refuse to sacrifice their individuality and, just as importantly, their innocence. David Graham celebrates them for their defiance." - Peter Wilkinson (From the introduction from David Graham's book, Declaring Independence)
PDNB Gallery presents a solo exhibition for David Graham (b. 1952, Abington, Pennsylvania) opening this month. Graham's photographs have been exhibited in several group exhibitions at PDNB including American Roads and Humor.
Graham's photographs are saturated with color from our pop world. His cross country survey, using an 8 x 10 camera, includes images of miniature cars, dinosaurs, billboards, murals, old gas stations, performing poodles, bizarre architecture, and signs ("Really, Really Good"). From coast to coast, David Graham has created a prolific essay of something as American as Apple Pie........American kitsch.
David Graham's photographs are in museum collections in the U.S. and Europe including: Museum of Modern Art, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Brooklyn Museum, NY; and the Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, France. He has ten books published including American Beauty (Aperture) and Only in America (Knopf). Solo shows include International Center of Photography, NYC; The Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and the Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
The SPE South Central Regional Conference (Society for Photographic Education) is hosting a lecture by David Graham, "History of Dave," on Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 8PM. The lecture will be located at El Centro College Campus, Performance Hall, Room C130, 1st Fl., 801 Main Street, Dallas, Texas.
P Star Parking, Dallas, TX, 1997