Katy Grannan, ‘Anonymous, San Francisco’, 2010, Headlands Center for the Arts: Benefit Auction 2017

Photographer and filmmaker Katy Grannan discovered a passion for photography early in life, after receiving the gift of a Kodak Instamatic 124 from her grandmother. Since moving to California in 2006, Grannan’s work has explored the relationship between aspiration and delusion within American culture. In 2016, she completed her first feature-length film, The Nine. She received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MFA from Yale School of Art. Her work is presented in five monographs: Model American, The Westerns, Boulevard, The Nine, and The Ninety Nine. Grannan has been a visiting artist and lecturer at Yale University, California College of the Arts, University of Southern California, and Cranbrook Academy of Art, among others. Grannan’s photographs are featured in many collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; SFMOMA; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.
–Courtesy of Headlands Center for the Arts

Framing courtesy of The Painters Place

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist, Fraenkel Gallery, and Salon 94

About Katy Grannan

Katy Grannan’s photographs range from classic portraiture of staid nudes in pastoral settings to street photography of down-and-out drag queens and prostitutes eager to be seen. Grannan’s documentary works, such as her portraits for the New York Times Magazine, incorporate details that amplify the humanity of her subjects and the painful circumstances they must abide. For example, Jeff Stackhouse (2000) features a teenager wearing prison stripes, standing abjectly amid the rusted furnishings of the adult penitentiary where he is incarcerated.

American, b. 1969, Arlington, Massachusetts, based in Berkeley, California