PRINT December 2012

Vince Aletti

Paul Graham, 53rd Street & 6th Avenue, 6th May 2011, 2.41.26 pm, diptych, pigment prints mounted on Dibond, each 56 x 74".

1 Paul Graham (Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York) The British photographer has been looking closely at the American social landscape for some time now, always alert to its funk and flux—its drifters, strangers, and loners. For “The Pres­ent,” he stalked the streets of New York, inviting comparison to precedents from Strand to Winogrand to diCorcia but staking his own solid claim. Printed from big to huge and hung as diptychs and triptychs, the work focuses on pedestrians passing through a location just seconds apart, incorporating time and incident but stopping to observe ordinary moments with startling clarity.

2 “Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life” (International Center of Photography, New York; curated by Okwui Enwezor) Enwezor (working with Rory Bester) traces the history of injustice and resistance in South Africa through the work

to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and receive the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the December 2012 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.