Born: Arlington, MA, 1969
Education: BA, University of Pennsylvania
MFA, Yale School of Art 

Katy Grannan, originally from Arlington, MA, discovered a passion for photography early in life, after her grandmother gave her a Kodak Instamatic 124. She never aspired to be an artist until she discovered Robert Frank and his indelible photographs in The Americans. This work changed her life.

Grannan was first recognized for an intimate series of portraits depicting strangers she met through newspaper advertisements. Since moving to California in 2006, Grannan has explored the relationship between aspiration and delusion—where our shared desire to be of worth confronts the uneasy prospect of anonymity. 

For more information or to purchase this work, please contact Meagan Stasz at mstasz@sfai.edu.

Anonymous, San Francisco, 2009,
Printed in 2015, 
Pigment print,
18 7/8 x 14 1/16 inches

Edition 1/1. Gifted to San Francisco Art Institute. Signed and dated verso on label in ink.