Pat Graham began shooting in high school in Waukesha, Wisconsin, but soon relocated to Washington DC where he worked extensively in and around the local & national music industry for over 10 years. During this period he also toured endlessly with bands such as Modest Mouse, the Make Up, Tortoise and June of 44, across the USA and Europe. Photographing the tours and life as a musician.
His documentation of Riot Grrrl and the band Bikini Kill has become one of the most recognizable shots of women in Punk music. Pat brings his knowledge of photography, people, and different situations to his work. The results and style are breathtaking. Be it photographing thousands of fans for one of England's top football clubs Tottenham Hot Spur, or working with brand innovators Wolff Olins to photograph the V&A for their annual report.
Pat has worked with all types of people in all types of situations. He is easy to work with and has very non-confrontational assertive approach.
In 2001 he took the artist in residence position at the Grange Hall, in Wakefield Rhode Island. After which he moved his base to London, England.Graham co-founded contemporary art gallery 96 Gillespie with Melanie Standage. 96 Gillespie was a not for profit gallery dedicated to encouraging and supporting a dialogue between US and UK artists. 96 Gillespie became a significant venue for American artists in the UK.
In 2007 Modest Mouse hired Pat once again This time to create a photoblog for the band. He toured around the world with them as a photographer from 2007 - 2009. Thousands of fans of the band and photography would visit the blog daily to see the latest images.
Pat's photographs have featured in artwork for iconic albums such as Bikini kill's eponymous first LP, Modest Mouse's Lonesome Crowded West, and most recently The Cribs' single Housewife. He's been included in numerous books and articles on music and has exhibited widely in art exhibitions throughout the USA and Europe. His photographs are in the permanent collection of the Experience Music Project museum in Seattle, as well as private collectors around the world.
Pat Graham photos have also been published in magazines including Rolling Stone, Spin Magazine, Art Forum, NME, Dazed & Confused, Raygun, the Village Voice, the Washington Post, VICE and more. His photos can also be found in the Experience Music Project Museum, Seattle WA, the Arlington Municipal Art Collection Arlington VA, and in private collections around the world.
His first book of photographs (Silent Pictures) was released in 2007 by Akashic books, NYC. Graham's second Instrument was published by Chronicle books in Spring 2011. Instrument has received rave reviews and also won Amazon's award for best book covers of 2011.