Paul GrahamTelevision Portrait (Danny, Bristol) 1991

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Paul Graham (born 1956)
Television Portrait (Danny, Bristol)
Date 1991
MediumPhotograph, colour, on paper
Dimensionssupport: 1090 x 890 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1994
Not on display


Television Portrait (Danny, Bristol) is a large colour photograph of a toddler perched on a stripy sofa. Graham has photographed him from his right side in profile, looking towards the right. The photograph is one of an ongoing series of Television Portraits, which Graham began in 1989. Many of the Portraits were taken in low light conditions, possibly at night, resulting in large areas of dark, blurred colours and shapes and an intimate atmosphere. Unusually, Danny, Bristol was photographed in bright, natural light. The image is carefully composed with its subject in the centre and is sharply in focus, suggesting that a tripod was used. In the bottom right corner, a sliver of sunlight reflects off the shiny surface of the edge of a wooden coffee table. Set into the bare yellow wall behind the sofa, a white painted door and moulded door frame are cropped into the left side of the image. On the right, the stripes on a white radiator echo the black and tan stripes on the upholstery of the sofa. These architectural features and the smart sofa proclaim a typical British middle-class home. The little boy is wearing a bright green top and has bare legs… (read more)

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