Upcoming Exhibition
May 2 – June 26, 2015

David Graham Where We Live: Photographs of the American Home


DAVID GRAHAM: Where We Live

Laurence Miller Gallery is pleased to present David Graham: Where We Live.. Over the past thirty years, David Graham has brought compassion and humor to all phases of his career. Internationally recognized as a photographer of the American dream, David has documented the homes we have built, our lives both public and private, and a purely American expression of "freedom." David Graham: Where We Live features thirty color photographs that document the American home as both sanctuary and playful expression of individuality.

Graham was born in Abington, Pennsylvania.  He received a BA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art.  He studied under Ray K. Metzker and Will Larson, and was mentored by Emmet Gowin.  He has taught at Moore College of Art and at The University of the Arts. Graham was the second recipient of the prestigious Bernheim Arboretum Artist in Residence program outside Louisville, Kentucky, in 1983.

Graham seeks out subjects that celebrate our singular freedom of expression, whether in colorful roadside attractions, or everyday people who revel in impersonating famous characters – including Elvis and Betty Davis. Chronicling the American scene with this unique sensibility, Graham celebrates the creativity and dreams of the common man. At the same time, he also reveals a tender sensibility towards people’s private side, as in his Alone Together series – simple but emotionally strong /Images/graham taken at the home of a couple who lived in total isolation with no modern amenities, on an island off the coast of Maine, for 35 years. The New York Times described it as “one of the great love stories of the last century.”

Graham has published several books of his work including Taking Liberties, Ay, Cuba!, and Alone Together, as well as American Beauty and Land of the Free, which were published by Aperture, and most recently Almost Paradise  published by Pond Press.  His work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper's, The New Yorker, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.  He has had solo exhibitions at the International Center of Photography in New York, the Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and The Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, among others. 


Alpine, CA, 2007
Alpine, CA,
2007

Route 64 W of Route 89, AZ, 1986
Route 64 W of Route 89, AZ,
1986

Stanislaus County, CA, 2003
Stanislaus County, CA,
2003

Atlanta, GA, 1996
Atlanta, GA,
1996

Casa Grande, AZ 1986
Casa Grande, AZ
1986

Feasterville, PA, 1979
Feasterville, PA,
1979

Hallam, PA 1989
Hallam, PA
1989

Jack Logan San Luis, CO 1984
Jack Logan San Luis, CO
1984

Jeannine and the Lewis's Pocatello, ID 1981
Jeannine and the Lewis's Pocatello, ID
1981

Marge Gapp's Studio, Philadelphia, PA, 1979
Marge Gapp's Studio, Philadelphia, PA,
1979

Maumee, OH, 1988
Maumee, OH,
1988

Mrs Jackson & Friends, Philadelphia, PA, 1989
Mrs Jackson & Friends, Philadelphia, PA,
1989

Niles, Illinois,1988
Niles, Illinois,
1988

Ntl. Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame,Hayward, WI, 1984
Ntl. Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame,Hayward, WI,
1984

Paradise, PA, 1989
Paradise, PA,
1989

Providence, RI, 1989
Providence, RI,
1989

Summer in Maine, Rome, ME 1980
Summer in Maine, Rome, ME
1980

Todd Gerding as Hessian Soldier, Richboro, PA, 1991
Todd Gerding as Hessian Soldier, Richboro, PA,
1991

Mike Memphis as Elvis Brooklyn, NY 1991
Mike Memphis as Elvis Brooklyn, NY
1991

Randy Allan as Betty Davis, Philadelphia, PA, 1990
Randy Allan as Betty Davis, Philadelphia, PA,
1990

PLACENTIA ISLAND is one of many small islands off the coast of Maine. It is two miles from Mount Desert Island with Bass Harbor being the closest town. On June 8, 1949, Arthur and Nan Kellam arrived on Placentia, leaving all modern conveniences and their life in California behind. They would live there alone together for almost 4 decades, until Arthur died in 1985. Nan left Placentia the following year.

In the summer of 1995, at the strong encouragement of Marion Boulton Stroud, I photographed the Kellam’s cabin, their getaway “Bandstand” by the beach and the surrounding forest on the island.

What I found was a portrait of Arthur and Nan’s life drawn in the cabin and their belongings. It felt as if they had just left to run errands in Bass Harbor and would be back at any moment. I saw the potential for a series of photographs that would grow out of the small details of their lives: the books, cups, and binoculars, the typewriter, the wonderful notes pinned to the walls.

I returned several times that summer, expanding my view of Arthur and Nan’s lives. I came back the following year to photograph more of the island after having reviewed my initial work. The photographs grew into a love story about Arthur and Nan. I was very grateful for that gift.

Bandstand Exterior, Placentia Island, ME, 1995-96
Bandstand Exterior
Placentia Island, ME
1995-96

Bandstand Interior Placentia Island, ME 1996
Bandstand Interior
Placentia Island, ME
1995-96

Bathroom Placentia Island, ME 1996
Bathroom
Placentia Island, ME
1995-96

Beds, Placentia Island, ME, 1995-96
Beds
Placentia Island, ME
1995-96

Desk and Window Placentia Island, ME 1996
Desk and Window
Placentia Island, ME
1995-96

Dory, Placentia Island, ME, 1995-96
Dory
Placentia Island, ME
1995-96

Feet, Placentia Island, ME, 1995-96
Feet
Placentia Island, ME
1995-96

Front door, Placentia Island, ME, 1995-96
Front door
Placentia Island, ME
1995-96

Note, Placentia Island, ME, 1995-96
Note
Placentia Island, ME
1995-96

Notes, Placentia Island, ME, 1995-96
Notes
Placentia Island, ME
1995-96

Path, Placentia Island, ME, 1995-96
Path
Placentia Island, ME
1995-96

Porchswing Placentia Island, ME 1996
Porchswing
Placentia Island, ME
1995-96

Sink Placentia Island, ME 1996
Sink
Placentia Island, ME
1995-96

Woods and Garden, Placentia Island, ME, 1995-96
Woods and Garden
Placentia Island, ME,
1995-96

Workshop, Placentia Island, ME, 1995-96
Workshop
Placentia Island, ME,
1995-96




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