Inspired by Chekhov's short stories--and by his own contagious joy in the book form--photographer Paul Graham has created A Shimmer of Possibility, comprised of 12 individual books, each a photographic short story of everyday life. Some are simple and linear--a man smokes a cigarette while he waits for a bus in Las Vegas, or the camera tracks an autumn walk in Boston. Some entwine two, three or four scenes--while a couple carry their shopping home in Texas, a small child dances with a plastic bag in a garden. Some watch a quiet narrative break unexpectedly into a sublime moment--as a man cuts the grass in Pittsburgh it begins to rain, until the low sun breaks through and illuminates each drop. Graham's filmic haikus shun any forceful summation or tidy packaging. Instead, they create the impression of life flowing around and past us while we stand and stare, and make it hard not to share the artist's quiet astonishment with its beauty and grace. The 12 books gathered here are identical in trim size, but vary in length from just a single photograph to 60 pages of images made at one street corner. Paul Graham's work has been widely exhibited and published for 25 years, most recently in the book American Night.
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Paul Graham was born in England and currently lives in New York. The recipient of many awards including a Eugene Smith Memorial Fellowship, his work has been exhibited extensively, including at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Tate Gallery, London. Graham's previously published books include Troubled Land, New Europe, Empty Heaven and End of an Age.
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Book Description SteidlMack, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition, First Printing. A Shimmer of Possibility. Photographs by Paul Graham. SteidlMack, Gottingen, 2007. 12 vols. Large quarto (13 1/2 x 10 3/4 in./ 24 x 32 cm). Limited edition of 1,000 sets. All hardcover with no dust jacket, as issued. Each bound in a different colored cloth. 360 pp. total. 160 color reproductions. Cited in Par & Badger, Vol. 3. Condition: New/Fine. All 12 vols Shimmer of Possibility was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in the spring of 2009 in a show organized by Susan Kismaric, Curator, Department of Photography. As the Museum's publicity material described, "Each simple but structurally inventive series includes varying numbers of pictures, from one to more than ten, and provides a vivid glimpse into unheralded moments in the lives of individuals Graham encountered on his travels."I have been taking photographs for 30 years now," Graham said: "and it has steadily become less important to me that the photographs are about something in the most obvious way. I am interested in more elusive and nebulous subject matter. The photography I most respect pulls something out of the ether of nothingness you can't sum up the results in a single line. In a way, 'a shimmer of possibility' is really about these nothing moments in life.". Bookseller Inventory # 367
Book Description Steidl Mack 2007-12-01, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. 3865214835. Bookseller Inventory # 566431