Pat Graham’s transcendent ability to photograph memorable and visually engaging moments in culture has earned him a well-regarded reputation among his commissioning clients- among them the world’s top brands, musicians, artists, and designers. Whether he’s on the road as an official photographer with musicians like Modest Mouse and Johnny Marr, photographing thousands of fans for Tottenham football club, or working with brand innovators Wolff Olins to photograph The Victoria & Albert Museum, his photography has remained consistently in demand within the realm of pop culture, counter-culture, art, fashion, and sports.
Pat’s work has 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, and Guitar World.
His first book of photographs, Silent Pictures, was released in 2007 by Akashic Books, and his second book, Instrument, was published by Chronicle in Spring 2011 to rave reviews and won Amazon's award for one of the Best Book Covers of 2011. In 2014 Pat's photographs of Modest Mouse from 1996-2009 were published by the iconic photobook publisher Powerhouse.
Pat cut his teeth in the heralded punk scene of Washington DC, where he worked for local and national music industry clients. During this period he photographed and toured with bands like Fugazi, Modest Mouse, Make Up, and Tortoise. His documentation of the Riot Grrrl movement, especially of the band Bikini Kill, have become the most recognizable shots of women in the punk and indie music zeitgeist of that time. His photographs can be seen on iconic album covers such as Bikini kill's eponymous first LP, Modest Mouse's Lonesome Crowded West, and most recently, Iggy Pop produced documentary series “Punk” And the upcoming feature film Moxie (Netflix 2020)
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, with past Raw Sounds photographers including Mick Rock and Kevin Cummins. Pat travelled all over the world documenting and creating content for the project, later celebrated in exhibitions in New York, Hong Kong, and London. He has been sponsored by Vans shoes, including two solo photo exhibitions at House of Vans in London. For the last 8 years, Pat has worked with Fender instruments, supplying content, product, and artist based imagery for the iconic brand, and photographing the Fender’s participation at the annual Great Escape Festival in Brighton.
His work continues to be featured in books, films, and documentaries about music, most recently appearing throughout Dave Grohl’s Sonic Highways series on HBO. He has exhibited widely in art exhibitions throughout the USA and Europe, including photographs in the permanent collection at The Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle Washington.
Additional clients for advertising and branding projects include: Converse, Fender, Apple, Poker Stars, Wolff Olins, The Victoria & Albert Museum, Anomaly, Umbro, Raen Optics, Libre Design, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, BBC, Focus Group, MOD, CABE, and the Hard Rock Hotel.
Pat holds an MA in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism from The University of Westminster in London. As well as an MFA in Studio Practice from the School of the Art Institute Chicago.
Pat currently divides his time between London and the USA. He is available for commissions everywhere.