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Paul Graham (b. 1956) is a critically respected contemporary British photographer, whose work has been the subject of more than eighty international solo exhibitions.

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Café Waitress, John’s Café, Sandy, Bedfordshire, May 1982

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Interior, John’s Café, Bedfordshire, 1981

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Ashtray on Table, Morley’s Café, Markham Moor, Nottinghamshire, February 1981

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Café Assistants, Compass Café, Colsterworth, Lincolnshire, November 1982

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Bible, Drivers’ Rest Room, Blyth Services, Blyth, March 1981

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Interior, Blyth Services, Blyth, Nottinghamshire, June 1981

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Little Chef in Rain, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire, May 1982

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Woman at Bus Stop, Mill Hill, North London, November 1982

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Mac’s Café, Alconbury, Cambridgeshire, February 1981

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Interior, Tyne House Café, Catterick, North Yorkshire, September 1981

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Burning fields, Melmerby, North Yorkshire, September 1981

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Lorry Driver in Cap, Yorkshire, 1981

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Company Representative, Leeming Services, North Yorkshire, September 1982

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Young Executives, Bank of England, November 1981

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Ferrybridge Powerstation, West Yorkshire, November 1982

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Drivers Discussing Redundancies, Morley’s Café, Markham Moor, Nottinghamshire, November 1981

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Looking North, Newcastle by-pass, Tyne and Wear, November 1981

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Café Interior, Londonderry, September 1981

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Interior, Rainton Services, North Yorkshire, November 1981

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BP Station at Dusk, Bedfordshire, 1981

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Bus Converted to Café, Lay-by, West Yorkshire, November 1982

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Drivers’ Bedroom, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1982

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Paul Graham was born in the UK in 1956.

In 1981, Graham completed his first body of work, A1 – The Great North Road. The series of colour photographs captured life along England’s ageing arterial road, the A1. The pioneering series went on to receive critical acclaim, and was followed by Beyond Caring (1984-1985), which was a visual record of unemployment in Britain under Thatcher, and Troubled Land (1984-1986), which depicted landscapes in Northern Ireland during the years of the Troubles. Graham’s use of colour film in the early 1980s, at a time when British photography was dominated by traditional black-and-white social documentary, had a revolutionising effect on the genre.

Graham has since gone on to produce over 12 further bodies of work that include New Europe (1986-1992), Television Portraits (1986-1990), Empty Heaven (1989-1995), Ceasefire (April 1994), End of the Age (1996-1998), Paintings (1997-1999), American Night (1998-2002), a shimmer of possibility (2004-2006), Films (2011), The Present (2011), Does Yellow Run Forever? (2011-2014), and Financial Landscape (2017-present). Graham has produced dedicated monographs to nearly every series of work, his most celebrated, perhaps, was his twelve-volume collection, a shimmer of possibility, created in collaboration with steidlMACK. The book won the 2011 Paris Photo Book Prize for the most important photography book published in the past 15 years.

Paul Graham’s work has been the subject of more than eighty international solo exhibitions. Works from Graham’s series Paintings were included in the exhibition, Plateau of Humankind, as part of the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001. In 2011, a twenty-five year survey of Graham’s work, Paul Graham: Photographs 1981-2006, was held at the Museum Folkwang, Essen and the Whitechapel Gallery, London.

Graham has been awarded a number of prestigious awards, including the Hasselblad International Award for Photography (2012), the Royal Photographic Society Award, the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (both 2009) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2010).

His works in held in the collection of Arts Council of Great Britain, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Tate Gallery, London and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

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Notes, News, Press and Exhibitions

Press

The Guardian | Paul Graham’s 1980s Road Trip Down the A1 – In Pictures

Video

Watch: Exhibition Tour of ‘Paul Graham: A1’

Notes

Ebb Tide: Paul Graham Reflects on ‘A1 – The Great North Road’

Press

Elephant: Early 1980s Britain, as Seen from the A1 Road

News

‘A1 – The Great North Road’ by Paul Graham Re-published by MACK Books

Press

Creative Boom: Photographs by Paul Graham of Britain’s A1 during the 1980s

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