Who the Heck Is...
Short Take: Establishment fine-art photographer who makes anonymous proletarian portraits of individuals or pairs of people, often nude or in dishabille. The portraits are coloristically sophisticated, fey, distanced, with that peculiar deadpan emotional milkiness popular in art photography now. Grannan also does commerical and editorial work (including fashion and celebrity portraiture) very similar to her fine-art work.
A Taste: Untitled, 1998, from the project "Poughkeepsie Journal" (shown).
Textbite: "To find her sitters, Grannan places an advertisement in local suburban papers, including the Poughkeepsie Journal, Wisconsin Tribune, and the Austin Chronicle. These ads, found in the classified section, read:
Artist / photographer (female)
Seeks people for portraits.
No experience necessary.
Grannan's process is quick; each portrait is taken within the short span of three hours. She arrives at the homes with only a camera, a light and a fan. Grannan transforms the sitter's room into a stage, pushing beds and moving tables." (Gallery 51)
Representative Publication: First book, Model American just published by Aperture (Fall 2005).
Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON
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Featured Comment: Imants wrote: "I quite like some of the art images the commercial images lacked the sophistication and seemed a bit one dimensional. The theatrics remind me of some of the early work of Tracey Moffat. I think that the work of Bill Henson is somewhat stronger in content."