The Awkward Formalities of High School Prom by Ken Graves and Eva Lipman on The New Yorker

May 21, 2016

In the early nineties, husband-and-wife duo Ken Graves and Eva Lipman collaborated to document "an essential landmark in the education of American Teen-agers, Prom".  The photographs depict a graceless youth, uninhibited celebration with awkward courtship, tension of sexuality and adolescent social anxieties.  

Read The New Yorker article in full with a 15 image gallery HERE.

Ken Graves, a San Francisco born artist, who passed away last month at the age of 74, was known for his collage work revealing the wit and precision of his mind and hands. Rearranging found photographs from early to mid-twentieth century American magazines and inserting a range of materials, Graves created surreal images that open a world of interpretive narratives. Kenneth Graves received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in the 1960s and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ken Graves and Eva Lipman photographs are currently on view at Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco.  

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