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Katy Grannan

Nicole, Sunnydale Avenue (II)

2006, printed 2007

Artist

Katy Grannan (1969-)

Title

Nicole, Sunnydale Avenue (II)

Date

2006, printed 2007

Medium

Pigment print

Dimensions

Image: 40 × 50 in. (101.6 × 127 cm) Frame: 42 1/2 × 52 3/8 × 2 in. (108 × 133 × 5.1 cm)

Edition information

1/6

Credit line

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase, with funds from the Photography Committee

Accession number

2008.20

Object Label

Nicole, Sunnydale Ave. (II) is part of a series that Katy Grannan titled The Western, which focuses on habitués (including cross-dressers and transgender men and women) of San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. For this series, Grannan approached potential subjects, asking if they were willing to model for her, and then photographed them again and again–often many times a week–in relentless sunlight. The resulting photographs, capturing the sitters in compositions achieved through a collaboration between photographer and model, are voyeuristic, often surprisingly intimate, portraits of near-total strangers. Grannan met Nicole, the subject of this portrait, in San Francisco, characterizing her as “the most uninhibited person I have ever known. Nicole would just take her clothes off and do whatever she pleased, completely careless of her surroundings. She was so challenging and wonderful to work with because I had so little control. Over time, she has made my work better.”