People hire Pat with knowledge that he will deliver. He has been trusted by some of the world’s most important musicians, artists, designers, companies, organizations, etc. 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, 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. This attitude makes him sought after by subjects and clients.
Graham began shooting in high school in Milwaukee, 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 toured endlessly with bands such as Modest Mouse, the Make Up, Tortoise and June of 44, across the USA and Europe.
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 wasa 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.
This exposure has given him fans from all over the world.
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, Washington City Paper, the Guardian, Punk Life, Punk Planet, Copper Press, Time Out, VICE, Tokion, Swindle, Guitar World, Index, AnP, the Chicago Reader, Monster Chidren, staff, Ideas Tap, etc, etc.
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.
In July of 2011 Pat was chosen by Johnny Marr and Ray Ban to be the official photographer of the Ray Ban Raw Sounds Project. Raw Sounds is a collaboration between an iconic musician and new bands. Past Raw Sounds photographers include Mick Rock and Kevin Cummins. Pat traveled all over the world documenting and creating content for the project. The end result was celebrated and exhibition in New York, Hong Kong and London.
Additional clients for advertising, branding, and information projects include: Wolff Olins, The Victoria & Albert Museum, Anomaly, Umbro, Converse, Raen Optics, Libre Design, Less Rain Design, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, BBC, Focus Group, MOD, Fender, CABE, Hard Rock Hotel, Apple, Not Actual Size, Darling Dept, Poker Stars, etc, etc.
IPat’s photos can be found in the Experience Music Project Museum, Seattle WA, the Arlington Municipal Art Collection Arlington VA, and in private collections around the world.
Pat currently divides his time between London and the USA. He is available for commissions In these or any locations life brings him.