Paul Graham
Each of the 12 sequences in a shimmer of possibility offers an informal look at the life of ordinary, individual Americans.

a shimmer of possibility is the latest project by influential British photographer Paul Graham. This work was created during Graham’s many travels through the United States since 2002. a shimmer of possibility consists of twelve sequences varying in number: from just a few images to more than ten. The sequences focus attention on very ordinary things, which Graham has photographed with affection and curiosity.

Instead of being shown in a linear fashion, a sequence fans out over the wall like a cloud. Due to the inventive structure of the presentation, no viewing direction or predominant hierarchy is imposed on the individual images. The eye of the viewer wanders over the photos, offering the opportunity to make personal connections in an associative manner. 

Paul Graham shows how we normally look around us. We move through the world and look from left to right, see something that grabs our attention, move towards it, glance to the side while en route, pass that by and continue on our way. Observation is a never-ending series of ‘non-decisive moments’, full of potential for anyone who is open to see it.  

Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, City of Amsterdam, Delta Lloyd, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.

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Paul Graham