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GRETCHEN ANN GRAHAM

Documentary & fine art photographer, working primarily with 35mm, silver-based film

BIOGRAPHY

I seek to communicate the essence of Place in my work; and to communicate the need for each other, our similarities, and our relationship to the Other. I began photographing at age 16, and after pouring over Ken Heyman's "All the World's Family," a 1983 Christmas gift, knew another way to realize an internal vision had found me. Writing was first, but I know I was born at the right time when I think of what photography has afforded me. I work primarily in 35mm format, using silver-based film, making my prints in a wet darkroom. Since 2011 I've also included my cell phone--currently a Galaxy S4--as part of my tools. Beginning with the writing and photography programs at Wesleyan University's Center for Creative Youth in high school, I continued to take formal classes in photography and darkroom technique throughout college. Upon graduating from New England College (NH) I moved to Washington DC, where I assisted a studio photographer for three years, gaining experience in studio and darkroom management, and lighting technique. Primarily a black & white, film-based, darkroom photographer, I have been an active and exhibiting photographer/member of The Washington Street Art Center since 2008,making my art almost exclusively in the darkroom. As a member of The Art Connection Boston, I currently have photographs placed at TILL (Toward Independent Living & Learning) in Watertown, MA, Roxbury Community College, and Bridgewater State University. I exhibited in TEDxSomerville 2012, and currently co-coordinate the SOS Volunteer Exhibit with Christina Tedesco (2013 and 2014.)

Ken Heyman, Eugene Atget, James Nachtwey, and Mary Ellen Mark are my photographic mentors; and I seek to photograph as beautifully as Lord Dunsany wrote.

STATEMENT

Forthcoming

WEBSITE

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ananda/sets

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EMAIL:

gretchenanngraham@gmail.com