Katy Grannan, ‘Untitled (from the Poughkeepsie Journal)’, 1998, Art in General

American photographer Katy Grannan approaches portraiture with such sensitivity that she is able to capture the vulnerability of a perfect stranger. Grannan masterfully shoots staged nudes and street photographs of individuals living on the fringes of the social margins, and her 1998 C-Print Untitled (from the Poughkeepsie Journal) is one of the former. It is a bouquet of texture: from the mottled plush of the carpet and mauve velour armchair to a ghostly shadow of a bruise on the model’s arm. Grannan’s work is included in the permanent collections at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Modern Art, among many others.

Signature: On label on back, artist initials 1999

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