Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Katy Grannan


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Katy Grannan was born in Arlington, Massachusetts in 1969. She received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and her M.F.A. from Yale University in 1999. She lives in Berkeley, California, and Brooklyn, New York.

Throughout her work, the influence of portraiture, from classical painting to fashion advertising, can be sensed in the poses and gazes her models adopt. From escapism to self-discovery and catharsis, the motivations for posing - the projection of an idealized self into the lens of a stranger - are varied, yet the resulting images consistently reflect the intensity of the relationship between artist and model. Each image resonates with the tension of a first encounter.

In several of Grannan's series, she photographs her models in their own surroundings of her own home, paying meticiulous attention to the elements of each domestic setting: wood paneling, patterned wallpaper, and other mundane but often telling details. The subjects choose to remain clothed or to model nude, or to pause somewhere in between, working with Grannan to arrive at the pose. In Grannan's series Sugar Camp Road and Mystic Lake, she moves the exercise outdoors, using municipal parks and their surrounding areas as the backdrop. Even though the parklands and roadsides that serve as her set bring the private encounters of her earlier series in the public landscape, she maintains a delicate - yet increasingly charged - sense of intimacy.


Images and bio found here

Artist's website: katygrannan.com






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19 comments:

sporkgasm said...

I LOVE these!! I am going to go check her out.

Trixie said...

Oh wow, these are fantastic! Im so used to seeing photographs of "perfection", this is a real treat.

Dancing Branflake said...

Agreed with Trixie, in a world of photoshop, I do appreciate the natural stance of each subject.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Talk about making a statement.

Tia said...

These are awesome! But that first, errr...lady?? Gave me the serious creeps.

Camila Faria said...

Her work reminds me that the world is full of interesting and, oh so different people!

Kristine said...

These are fantastic but something menacing about them too and that third lady really really scares me. I know I've had nightmares with that type of figure. Chills!

Cheryl Ann said...

these photos literally made me gasp. art is about making an impression, right? impression made.

SabinePsynopsis said...

Great work, but I'm also finding them night-marish - which might be not uninteded...

Annabelle Archer said...

I'm all "hmmmmm. ok then."

Phoenix said...

These are fascinating. There are such stories conveyed through each shot - especially the man with the breathing tube. Just gorgeous.

Lara said...

Lawd! Getting old isn't for sissies! I love her work though! Everyone is so so real!

NellieVaughn said...

That women with the grey hair and the black dress, I just know I am going to look exactly like her when I am her age.

Caroline said...

Oh now...these are just awesome!

Daniela said...

People are so weird...it's fantastic!!

itsCatherine said...

More people in the America look like these people than not. <3

melifaif said...

Um. Ok?

Kitty Stampede said...

Wow....these portraits are jaw dropping...talk about raw. love all the different characters she captures.

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

Seriously some people are just not attractive and yet that is brilliant photography as I am fascinated and still want to look