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Photographer David Graham, Chronicler of the Surreal, to Visit Moravian College

Bethlehem, Pa., March 19, 2008—Moravian College will host a public lecture by photographer David Graham on Thursday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. in Peter Hall. Admission is free of charge. The lecture and slide presentation will be preceded by a reception in Payne Gallery at 6:30 p.m., also free and open to the public.

Tirelessly traveling the United States, contemporary photographer David Graham captures the colorful, surreal, and often bizarre in the American landscape. He seeks out subjects which celebrate our singular freedom of expression in colorful roadside attractions and general oddities: toys and trompe l’oeil signs, idiosyncratic sculptures, and eccentric scenes such as the Dallas hamburger stand that features a life-size statue of Lenin.  Acknowledging popular forms of American photography: the snapshot, the family portrait, and vacation pictures, Graham brings relevance to the creativity and dreams of the common man. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and several other notable institutions. His commercial photography appears in magazines such as Time, Newsweek, Details, and The New York Times Magazine.  His photographs are collected in six books, including Alone Together, which sold out after a New York Times review and is currently being reprinted. Graham has had numerous one-person shows throughout the United States in galleries in New York, Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles. A sampling of his images is available at www.davidgrahamphotography.com.

The event is a part of the Rose and Rudy Ackerman Visiting Lecture Series, endowed in 2005 by professor emeritus Rudy Ackerman and his wife Rose to foster the arts. Visiting artists are invited to present lectures at the college by the chair of the Moravian College art department after consultation with the art faculty. Peter Hall and Payne Gallery are located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Bethlehem. The lecture is free and open to the public.