Katy Grannan - Photographs Evening Sale New York Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Fraenkel Gallery, Katy Grannan: Boulevard, pl. 21
    Out of Focus: Photography, exh. cat., Saatchi Gallery, n.p.

  • Catalogue Essay

    "My photographs are vignettes, but they’re not just about the specific person in the picture—the narrative includes the unseen exchange between artist and subject who are often strangers meeting for the first time, each taking a leap of faith by trusting an unfamiliar person and an unexpected encounter."

    From Diane Arbus’ portraits of American subcultures to Philip-Lorca Dicorcia’s hustlers and Larry Sultan’s adult film starts, Katy Grannan’s work continues a history of documenting the overlooked, marginalized members of society. Following several successful series in which she photographed individuals whom she had found through newspaper advertisements, Grannan moved to California in 2006 and embarked on a long-running series of ‘street portraits.’ Beginning with Boulevard, she documented strangers on the streets of San Francisco and Los Angeles, individuals whose appearances defy conventions, thus offering an alternate view of humanity. All framed against the stark backdrop of white-washed buildings with strong, natural lighting accentuating and exaggerating their imperfections, her subjects are isolated and exposed, revealed in plain sight for all the world to see.

    Grannan’s photographs are included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


Anonymous, Los Angeles

Archival pigment print.
38 1/8 x 28 7/8 in. (96.8 x 73.3 cm)
Signed, dated in ink, printed title, date and number 3/6 on a gallery label affixed to the reverse of the backing board.

$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $22,500

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Photographs Evening Sale

New York 1 April 2015 6pm