Katy Grannan

(1969) American


Katy Grannan was born in Arlington, Massachusetts. She received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MFA from Yale University. For her early works, she placed advertisements for models in a Poughkeepsie, New York, newspaper and then photographed the subjects in their own homes or locations of their choosing. They collaborated with Grannan on how they would be photographed, which often was in the nude. In Grannan’s series Boulevard, her subjects were strangers in Los Angeles and San Francisco that she approached and then shot outdoors in the strong midday light, thereby blurring the line between portraiture and street photography. She also has made video installations such as Legend 1 and Legend 2 and Believers.
Her photographs are held in the collections including the Museum of Modern Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Mary O'Donnell Hulme
Grannan, Katy. Boulevard. San Francisco: Fraenkel Gallery and New York: Salon 94.
Grannan, Katy. Model American. New York: Aperture and London: Thames & Hudson, 2005.
Grannan, Katy. The Westerns. San Francisco: Fraenkel Gallery, 2007.
Holmes, A.M., Gregory Crewdson, and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn. Another Girl, Another Planet. New York: Lawrence Rubin Greenberg Van Doren Fine Art, 1999.
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