Gretchen Ann Graham

Strength. June 2016.
Archival silver gelatin print
[11 X 14]
B&W film and digital photography

Media: Photography

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Artist Statement

I seek to communicate the essence of Place in my work; and to give viewers their own “decisive moment”—for as many negative things that can and do happen in this world, I have faith there is a far greater number of moments of beauty and quiet strength that I can photograph to share with people . I began photographing at the age of 16, and after pouring over a Christmas gift, Ken Heyman’s “All the World’s Family,” in 1983, I knew my camera would never be far from me! I work primarily in 35mm format using silver-based film, making my prints in a wet darkroom. Since 2011 I’ve 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. I have been an active and exhibiting photographer-member of Washington Street studios/art collaborative 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, Bridgewater State University, and the Eliot Community Human Services in Malden. I exhibited in TEDxSomerville 2012, am currently Coordinator of the Somerville Open Studios (SOS) Volunteer Exhibit, as well as the 2017 SOS Assistant Coordinator.
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