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Paul Graham, Vesey Street, 25th May 2010, 5.51.05 PM, diptych, color photographs, overall 4' 8“ x 12' 4 1/2”.

Paul Graham

Pace | 32 East 57th Street

Paul Graham, Vesey Street, 25th May 2010, 5.51.05 PM, diptych, color photographs, overall 4' 8“ x 12' 4 1/2”.

Explaining to an interviewer why he called his recent show “The Present,” Paul Graham said the name was a reminder of photography’s “struggle to deal with time and life. Sometimes I think those are our materials. Not film, not paper, not prints: time and life.” The idea that the subject of photography—time and life—is also its material, and in a more primary way than its physical paraphernalia can be, is one that Graham has addressed in the past by photographing in series, and in his most recent work, a selection of which appeared in this exhibition (at Pace, but co-organized with Pace/MacGill Gallery), he focused that idea further. Working in the streets of New York, he shot a series of places two or three times each, each shot a few seconds apart. In examining life not just as it appears in the photograph’s “decisive moment” but also as it takes place in time, Graham

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