Katy Grannan

Katy Grannan’s “The Nine” at the Mill Valley Film Festival

THE NINE | TRAILER (2015) from Katy Grannan on Vimeo.

In two weeks, Katy Grannan’s first feature film, The Nine will be screening at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

Katy Grannan’s intimate documentary explores the lives of those who struggle with their past tragedies and current addictions. The filmmaker’s delicate but deepening focus on the mystery of Kiki—whose clinging, childlike world-view belongs to someone a fraction of her actual age—looks for answers in those around her, who still dream of reuniting with their children, working a garden, running a mud wrestling club. Despite their ravaged lives, their songs burst out with a terrible and unflinching beauty.

Tuesday, 11 October at The Cinearts Sequoia 2, 9:00pm
Wednesday, 12 October at The Lark Theater, 2:30pm

For more information on The Nine or to purchase tickets, please visit the Mill Valley Film Festival website.
For more information on Katy Grannan, please visit her artist page.

Katy Grannan: Interview by Tabitha Soren


Tabitha Soren interviews artist Katy Grannan about her photographic series of people and communities taken along Highway 99 in California. Grannan describes her impulse to photograph as a means to preserve and honor the lives of her subjects.

In retrospect, I can recognize that growing up around a funeral home influenced the way that I looked at every single human being in the world. Photographing people was a way of memorializing them – acknowledging their value and their mortality at the same time. I was almost mourning every person. In the back of my mind I was always aware that people, that life, kept moving on. –Katy Grannan

From the Issue Magazine online posting by Tabitha Soren from 2015.
To learn more about Grannan’s work, please visit her artist page.

Modern Migrants: A Berkeley Photographer Revisits Dorothea Lange’s Portraits of Disenfranchised Californians

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Jonathan Curiel of SFWeekly reviews Katy Grannan: The 99, on view at Fraenkel Gallery through 26 April 2014.  Grannan spent three years photographing residents living along Highway 99 in Central California, an area Dorothea Lange documented during the Great Depression.

Dorothea Lange’s work was made right here, practically around the corner. It seemed like the right time to retrace some of her steps and see what had, or hadn’t changed.  –Katy Grannan

From the SFWeekly online posting by Jonathan Curiel on 19 March 2014.
To learn more about Grannan’s work, please visit her artist page.

Our Little Secret, Katy Grannan in The Guardian

Katy Grannan began photographing strangers while studying for her masters at Yale. At the time, she was too shy to ask people on the street, so she sent out a personal ad in a paper.  Since then, Grannan has photographed people of all walks of life. One common thread  is the underlying sense of secrecy and her subject’s desire to do something out of character; to break the monotony of their lives.

She thinks people want to be photographed for the same reasons she wants to photograph them: because they want to live a little, because they want to break some rules – and they want to know that someone was there to record them doing it. –Melissa Denes

From The Guardian online posting by Melissa Denes on 4 November 2005.
To learn more about Grannan’s work, please visit her artist page.

Boulevard: An Interview with Katy Grannan

Photographer Katy Grannan discusses her body of work “Boulevard,” a series of portraits taken while walking the streets of Los Angeles and San Francisco. She explains her interest in these subjects as well as the intention behind positioning her subject in front of stark walls with direct light.

It was the first thing I observed when I moved to California.  The light is so seductive and comforting, and at the same time it kills everything–nothing stays green very long–and the light can be relentless and indiscriminate.  It illuminates everything, everyone. –Katy Grannan

From the Daily Serving online posting by Seth Curcio on 20 January 2011.
To learn more about Grannan’s work, please visit her artist page.