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Graham Porter


A photography exhibition titled “Fragmentia: Photographs by Graham Porter” is on display at a gallery in downtown Kansas City.

At the age of 95, Graham Porter has been a photographer for over 35 years.  Throughout his career he has experimented with photographic techniques to enhance the emotional quality of his work.  This exhibition illustrates three important series made during Graham’s career, with a focus on his most recent body of work, Fragmentia.

The exhibition was organized and curated by Cara Megan Lewis, of Cara Y Cabezas Contemporary Gallery.  “Fragmentia fits into a new artistic trend among young emerging artists that have been named The New Aesthetic… a term used to refer to the increasing appearance of the visual language of digital technology in the physical world,” Cara stated.  “Having concentrated on “that which is naturally beautiful” at the start of his career, it is no surprise that in his 95th year, Graham has found a way to express the drastic shifts in the pace and speed of the world and to contribute to a global conversation of technology in contemporary art.”

The show includes over 20 works, including early impressionistic work from past European travel.  “It’s inspiring to meet an artist like Graham Porter who’s natural talent has fueled a long career,” said Robin Trafton, gallery director.  “I think visitors will be surprised by Graham’s new body of work, and how relevant it is to the aesthetics of our times.”

“Fragmentia: Photographs by Graham Porter” will be on display in The Box Gallery through December 28, 2012.  The Box Gallery is located in the Commerce Bank building at 1000 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64106.  Hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

About Graham Porter

Graham Porter established his Kansas City photographic studio in 1983, and photographed hundreds of local families.  Prior to that, he was a advertising executive with Commerce Bank of Kansas City.  During those years, he also engaged in creative pursuits of painting, writing, and photography.  His first published excerpts appeared in Reader’s Digest in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  He has had five books published.  In 1976, Hallmark purchased several of his images for their cards, and published “The Blessings of Beauty” by Graham Porter.

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