By the time Graham Howe founded his Pasadena-based company, Curatorial Assistance, in the late 1980s, he had spent almost two decades being a photographer. To avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest between being an artist himself and his new vocation as a curator, he quit exhibiting and publishing his own photographic work then. But he didn’t stop making photographs. It could be argued that his photography became an even purer art form because it was more disinterested, since he no longer had to care about advancing an artistic career. Now, twenty years later, Colin Westerbeck has persuaded Howe to come out of the shadows of the past again and bring us up to date on his photography.
By Graham Howe, essay by Colin Westerbeck.