Paul Graham – A shimmer of possibility

2018 / 1st edition
MACK Books
23.5 x 23.5 cm, 120 pages in 12 individual books
ISBN 978-1-910164-17-4 

It’s so easy it’s ridiculous. It’s so easy that I can’t even begin – I just don’t know where to start. After all, it’s just looking at things. We all do that. It’s simply a way of recording what you see – point the camera at it, and press a button.  How hard is that? And what’s more, in this digital age, its free – doesn’t even cost you the price of film. It’s so simple and basic, it’s laughable. 

It’s so difficult because it’s everywhere, every place, all the time, even right now.

Graham realized that the more or less randomly gathered pictures could be united into multipart works. As in a poem, where language and rhythm organize words, lines, and stanzas into an imaginative interpretation of a subject, Graham’s imposed yet open-ended structures imply— through close-ups, crosscutting, and juxtapositions of people and nature—specific narratives and overarching ideas. Images of people placed in tandem with other people and with nature suggest the flow of life, pointing to the unknown and the possibility of change, with nature acting as a balm, whether as raindrops, trees silhouetted against a burning sunset, or the bright green grass on a highway meridian. In his reconstruction of the world in pictures, Graham describes an America at odds with itself, filled with contradictions and inconsistencies.


Graham comprese che delle immagini raccolte più o meno casualmente avrebbero potuto essere unite in opere complesse. Come in poesia, nella quale linguaggio e ritmo organizzano parole, linee, e stanze in un’interpretazione immaginaria di un soggetto, le  strutture regolate seppure indeterminate di Graham comportano -attraverso primi piani, tagli trasversali e accostamenti di persone e natura- narrazioni specifiche e concetti globali. Le immagini di persone abbinate ad altre persone ed alla natura alludono allo scorrere della vita, all’ignoto e alla possibilità di cambiamento, con la natura facente funzione di lenitivo, sia in forma di gocce di pioggia, di alberi sagomati contro un tramonto , o di brillante erba verde in mezzo ad un’autostrada. Nella sua ricostruzione in immagini del mondo, Graham illustra un’America in disaccordo con se stessa, piena di contraddizioni e incongruenze.