The name Kris Graves
may sound familiar. He is omnipresent in the New York photo world and juggles the roles of photographer, gallerist (Kris Graves Projects
), curator, and juror which keep him actively engaged in the contemporary photography dialogue.
As a photographer, Kris creates photographs of landscapes and people to document and preserve memory. His quiet images cause the viewer to acknowledge the inevitability of change and the passage of time. He suspends his belief and knowledge of this change, not to document a moment or state, but rather to sustain it. For the past decade, Kris has chronicled a visual diary of unrelated moments that combine into a personal journey of place and experience. Kris has created a book of this journey titled Permanence
and he is raising funds via a Kickstarter Campaign
to make it happen.
PERMANENCE documents the landscapes that I have visited over the past ten years around the world. I have been fortunate enough to explore cities and surrounding areas freely and with no obligations. This freedom from time has allowed me to stop and photograph whenever I find something I want to remember forever, and the images seek to evoke that sense of timelessness. Because the captured moments and places float in time, their existence is dependent on my documentation. These photographs are thus an archive of my memory.
This book also includes notes opposite the photographs that provide a description of time and place. Out of over 7,000 film frames shot between 2003 and 2012, he has chosen these 70 scenes to share.
Mister Softee, Astoria, New York
Looking at the Freedom Tower Construction, New York, 2011
Hverarond #2, Iceland, 2010
Mall of America, Minnesota, 2009
Adirondack Holiday, New York, 2009
Unexplained, Malmo, Sweden, 2011
Beachy Head, Eastbourne, United Kingdom, 2011
Abandoned HP Plant, somewhere in New England, 2005
On the Roof At Work, New York, 2011
East Hampton Beach in Winter, New York, 2006
Yellow Hats, Kyoto, Japan, 2005
Cheryl’s Hallway, Schwalmstadt, Germany, 2008
Constructing Condos, Long Island City, New York, 2008