Selected works by Katy Grannan

Katy Grannan
Anonymous, Los Angeles, Boulevard 27

2008 / printed 2011

Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper mounted to Plexiglas

139.7 x 104.1 cm
Katy Grannan
Anonymous, San Francisco, Boulevard 15

2010 / printed 2010

Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, mounted to Plexiglas

139.7 x 104.1 cm
Katy Grannan considers her pictures to be portraits. If they are, why title them all ’anonymous’? Part of the answer lies in the fact that they have all agreed to be photographed; she has tipped her hand, relinquishing the power of the candid shot of the street photographer for a risky collaborative portrait session.This might have given guarded results, but happily the complicity has produced images of raw power.
While not denying the label ’portraits’, I question the designation because it doesn’t quite do justice to the pictures. They are really not so much about individuals as about the range of prideful individuality among human beings, and their common fate, symbolized, I think, by that ubiquitous white wall. Grannan accepts that each person has a rich history, with its victories and defeats, which a single image can only hint at, but it’s the sum total of her portraits that gives this work its power. Caught in the blinding glare of the California sun, restless and worn yet often possessed of fierce pride, the figures stand, shift, turn, look away – resigned to the next throw of the dice while not holding out much hope that it will go their way.

Text by William A Ewing
Katy Grannan
Anonymous, Los Angeles, Boulevard 6

2009/ printed 2011

Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, mounted on Plexiglas

139.7 x 104.1 cm
Katy Grannan
Anonymous, San Francisco, Boulevard 22

2009 / printed 2010

Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, mounted on Plexiglas

139.7 x 104.1 cm
Katy Grannan
Anonymous, Los Angeles, Boulevard 13

2008/ printed 2011

Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, mounted on Plexiglas

139.7 x 104.1 cm
Katy Grannan
Anonymous, Los Angeles, Boulevard 19

2008 / printed 2010

Archival pigment print on cottom rag paper, mounted to Plexiglas

139.7 x 104.1 cm
Katy Grannan
Anonymous, Los Angeles, Boulevard 9

2009/ printed 2011

Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, mounted on Plexiglas

139.7 x 104.1 cm
Katy Grannan
Anonymous, Los Angeles, Boulevard 24

2009/ printed 2011

Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, mounted on Plexiglas

139.7 x 104.1 cm
Katy Grannan
Anonymous, San Francisco, Boulevard 31

2010 / printed 2011

Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, mounted to Plexiglas

139.7 x 104.1 cm
Katy Grannan
Anonymous, San Francisco, Boulevard 4

2009/ printed 2011

Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, mounted to Plexiglas

139.7 x 104.1 cm
Katy Grannan
Anonymous, San Francisco, Boulevard 3

2010/ printed 2011

Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, mounted to Plexiglas

139.7 x 104.1 cm
Katy Grannan
Anonymous, Los Angeles, Boulevard 12

2009/ printed 2011

Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, mounted to Plexiglas

139.7 x 104.1 cm
Katy Grannan
Anonymous, San Francisco, Boulevard 1

2008/ printed 2011

Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, mounted to Plexiglas

139.7 x 104.1 cm
Katy Grannan
Anonymous, San Francisco, Boulevard 20

2010 / printed 2011

Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, mounted to Plexiglas

139.7 x 104.1 cm
Katy Grannan
Anonymous, San Francisco, Boulevard 40

2010 / printed 2011

Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, mounted to Plexiglas

139.7 x 104.1 cm
Katy Grannan
Anonymous, San Francisco, Boulevard 66

2010 / printed 2011

Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, mounted to Plexiglas

139.7 x 104.1 cm
Katy Grannan
Anonymous, San Francisco, Boulevard 5

2009/ printed 2011

Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, mounted on Plexiglas

139.7 x 104.1 cm
Katy Grannan
Anonymous, Los Angeles, Boulevard 11

2009/ printed 2011

Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, mounted on Plexiglas

139.7 x 104.1 cm
Katy Grannan
Anonymous, Los Angeles, Boulevard 26

2008 / printed 2011

Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, mounted to Plexiglas

139.7 x 104.1 cm
Katy Grannan
Anonymous, Los Angeles, Boulevard 74

2008 / printed 2011

Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, mounted to Plexiglas

139.7 x 104.1 cm

Other Resources

katygrannan.com
Artist’s website- Katy Grannan

salon94.com
Representative gallery – Katy Grannan

fraenkelgallery.com
Representative gallery- Katy Grannan

artnet.com
Additional images and information – Katy Grannan

artfacts.net
Additional images and information- Katy Grannan

aperture.org
Additional information – Katy Grannan

photonet.org
Additional exhibition information- Katy Grannan

rathausartprojects.com
Additional images and information – Katy Grannan

we-find-wilderness.com
Additional images and information – Katy Grannan

npg.si.edu
Additional images and information – Katy Grannan

artcycle.com
Katy Grannan's (American, b.1969) striking portraits capture the alluring presence of her subjects. Placing advertisements across the country for models, Grannan allows her subjects to pose in their chosen setting, presenting themselves before the lens.
Additional images and information- Katy Grannan

lalettredelaphotographie.com
Additional exhibition information- Katy Grannan.