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Grand Canyon, AZ by David Graham

Influences

Jan 16, 2019 - Amy Li

I studied photography at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Irving Penn was an alumni. Back then it was called the Philadelphia College of Art. David Graham was my teacher and taught me how to see the world in color. His work explores the use of symbols in the American landscape. His teacher was Ray Metzker, who also taught at UArts many years ago. Ray Metzker’s use of lines and shadows showed me how to manipulate reality.

 

I worked at a photo agency sometime after moving to NYC and that is where I discovered work by the likes of Mauricio Alejo, Olaf Blecker, Christian Stoll, and my good friend Romain Laurent. All of these artists, while very different from each other, influenced me in some way. Mauricio and his everyday objects. Olaf’s stylized portraiture. Christian’s technical epic environments. Romain’s alternate realities.

 

But my biggest influences?

 

Nadav Kander and his psychological photos. Lieko Shiga and the mysterious universe she creates. Taryn Simon for her curiosity and intellect.