Thursday, April 7, 2011

1. Katy Grannan - Boulevard

For the past three years Katy Grannan has roamed the streets of Los Angeles and San Francisco,photographing strangers. Her subjects are most often people whom others pass by without notice, people for whom life has apparently not been easy.

Grannan photographs her subjects in front of the type of white stucco walls that can be foundanywhere. She works midday when the strong noon light, in tandem with the white walls, transformsher city streets into outdoor studios. The light is precise and indiscriminate, delineating in high-pitched detail Grannan’s hustlers, strutters, addicts and beauty queens. The timeless characters whopopulate Grannan’s Boulevards are a compendium of street types rendered with mesmerizing intensity,separated from their counterparts of past centuries by little more than costume or hairstyle.

Katy Grannan lives and works in Berkeley. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of ModernArt, the Guggenheim Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the WhitneyMuseum of American Art, among others.
See more of the Boulevard exhibition HERE

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