AD 203 | Graham Dunn
“On Photography, Community, and Friendship”

Photo by Yoshino

Graham grew up in Ojai, a small ranching town in Southern California with pink sunsets dipping below the mountains.  He spent his childhood exploring Europe and the Southwestern United States with his travel writer father and family.

His upbringing informs his photography, which is largely based in simplicity, nostalgia, nature, and the truth of a moment. Graham lives in Los Angeles with his wife, a kindergarten teacher, and his son, an extremely inventive whippersnapper.

Show Notes:
  • 00:00:00 - Introduction 
  • 00:04:55 - Teaching all aspects of history 
  • 00:08:53 - Homogenization of culture 
  • 00:12:22 - The importance of community 
  • 00:15:56 - The confluence of non-sequiturs 
  • 00:18:36 - The shifting landscape of commercial photography
  • 00:25:00 - Human psychology within photography 
  • 00:33:16 - Graham’s projects during covid 
  • 00:42:45 - Having a “jack of all trades” approach 
  • 00:48:15 - Personal values influencing the way you approach your career 
  • 00:54:54 - Having a balanced life 
  • 00:56:51 - Learning and adapting from experience 
  • 01:06:00 - Mentorship 
  • 01:08:00 - Technical learning vs practical learning 
  • 01:14:32 - Wrap up

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Posted 5.24.2021


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino