Kris Graves (b. 1982 New York, NY) is a photographer and publisher based in New York and London. He received his BFA in Visual Arts from S.U.N.Y. Purchase College and has been published and exhibited globally, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, England; Aperture Gallery, New York; University of Arizona, Tucson; Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon; and Brooklyn Museum, New York; among others. Permanent collections include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Wedge Collection, Toronto; and Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania.

Kris Graves creates artwork that deals with what he views wrong with American society and aims to use art as a means to inform people about social issues. He also works to elevate the representation of people of color in the fine art canon; and to create opportunities for conversation about race, representation, and urban life. Graves creates photographs of landscapes and people to preserve memory.

EDUCATION 2004, BFA - Visual Arts, School of Art + Design, Purchase College, New York

EMPLOYMENT Adjunct Professor at The New School / Parsons School of Design, New York

Brooklyn Museum, New York
Canaday Library, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
The Wedge Collection, Toronto, Canada

COLLECTIONS (publications)
Thomas J. Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Decker Library, Maryland Institute College of Art, Maryland
Green Library, Stanford University, California
Yale University Library, New Haven, Connecticut
John M Flaxman Library Special Collections, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
Guggenheim Museum Library and Archives, New York
The Frances Mulhall Achilles Library, Whitney Museum, New York
Canaday Library, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Anne Wilkes Tucker Young Photography Endowment, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Shortlist, Aperture Portfolio Prize 2017, Aperture Foundation, New York
Juror's Selection, Center Forward 2015, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado

The Testament Project, Joseph Gross Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
The Testament Project, Art on Paper X Sasha Wolf Projects, New York, New York
The Testament Project, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania
The Testament Project, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado
The Testament Project, NorteMaar, Brooklyn, New York
The Testament Project, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Discovered Missing, Pocket Utopia, New York
Permanence, Pocket Utopia, New York
Second Nature w/ Kared Rudd, Baang & Burne Contemporary, New York
A Queens Affair w/ Eric Hairabedian, Farmani Gallery, New York
In a Large Perspective, Artspace at Purchase College, New York

Legacy of the Cool: A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
Three Minutes, Hamilton Landmark Galleries, New York
Preface, Darkroom Detroit, Detroit, Michigan
The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America, Brooklyn Museum, New York
Summer Open, Aperture Gallery, New York, New York
Unbound, Candela Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
Art.Now.2017, Hearst Galleries, New York, New York
Future Isms, Glassbox Gallery, Seattle, Washington
Exchange, Rush Arts and IThou, Rush Arts Gallery, New York
The Soul of Black Art, Upfor Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Public/Private/Portrait, Deli Gallery, New York
First Annual Exhibition, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, California
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015, The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
Headshots: Contemporary Photographic Portraiture, ClampArt Gallery, New York City
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015, National Portrait Gallery, London
Center Forward 2015, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center 6th Annual Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
East of Man, Eternally in Kodak, Needles and Pens, San Francisco, California
4th Annual, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Savage, Savage Gallery, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Perception of Character, LittleField, Brooklyn, New York
Versus, Hous Projects, New York, New York
Launch, Viva Arts, New York, New York
Three Photographers, Pocket Utopia, Brooklyn, New York
Not Yet Utopic, Pocket Utopia, Brooklyn, New York
Investigation! Contemplation! Reaction!, Local Project, New York
Far From Home, Brooklyn Artists Gym, Brooklyn, New York
Group Show No.3, Humble Arts Foundation, New York
New Waves 2006, Contemporary Center of Virginia
Slideluck PotShow VII: Grace, Splashlight Studios, New York

2018, visiting artist and lecturer - University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
2017, lecturer - International Center of Photography, New York
2017, lecturer - School of Visual Arts, New York, New York
2017, visiting artist and lecturer - Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
2017, visiting artist and lecturer - Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts
2016, lecturer - Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania
2015, lecturer - Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2015, panel discussion - Harvard Business School Club of New York
2015, lecturer - Parsons School of Design, New York
2015, lecturer - Purchase College, State University of New York
2014, panel discussion - The Graduate Center, City University of New York Baccalaureate, New York
2014, lecturer - Bowling Green State University, Ohio
2010, lecturer - Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
American Society of Picture Professionals, New York, New York
American Society of Media Photographers, Richmond, Virginia

Kris Graves – Aperture Portfolio Prize Runner-Up, Aperture, 2017
Back to the Future, Aperture Blog, 2017
The Everyday Streets, Parks, and Shops Where Police Have Taken Black Lives, Vanity Fair (Hive), 2016
The Testament Project, aCurator, 2016
Testament, Volume I, by Kris Graves, GUP Magazine, 2016
Black Men Stage Their Own Portraits In Enpowering Photo Series, by Maddie Crum, Huffington Post, 2016
Stunning Portraits of Black Men That Accurately Portray How They See Themselves, by David Rosenberg, Behold/Slate, 2016
Kris Graves' Testament Project Sheds Light on Institutionalized Racism, by Jon Feinstien, Humble Arts Foundation, 2015
Q & A: Kris Graves, by Hamidah Glasgow, Strange Fire Collective, 2015
Bronx Contours: A Photo Essay by Kris Graves, Urban Omnibus, 2015
Intimate Distances: Kris Graves’ Cold Comfort, Hyperallergic, 2013
Some More Trees, HaberArts, 2013
Kris Graves: Permanence, Lenscratch, 2012
What’s Your Niche: Photographing Art for the Guggenheim Museum, PDN, 2011
Breaking In: Gallerist and Photographer Kris Graves, PhotoVideoEDU, 2011

PDN Magazine (cover photograph), August 2017
Lynching in America, Equal Justice Initiative / Google, 2017
Dear Dave, Issue 23, 2016
The Testament Project, Volume 03 by Kris Graves, 2016, Bryn Mawr College
Public/Private/Portrait, 2016, International Center of Photography / Mossless
BKN Magazine, Issue Two, 2016
The Testament Project, Volume 01 by Kris Graves, 2016, Blue Sky Gallery
Provisional Scenery by Kris Graves, 2015, +KGP
Discovered Missing by Kris Graves, 2013, +KGP
Permanence by Kris Graves, 2012, +KGP
A Queens Affair by Kris Graves & Eric Hairabedian, 2010, +KGP
As publisher/editor
all that cannot be said by Colin Stearns, 2017, +KGP (as publisher)
X by Felix R. Cid, 2016, +KGP (as publisher)
We Have To Carry On Somehow by Owen Conway, 2016, +KGP (as publisher)
A Setting Sun, Volume II by Gregg Evans, 2016, +KGP (as publisher)
Firm by Daniel Salemi, 2016, +KGP (as publisher)
Bless Your Heart by Grant Ellis, 2016, +KGP (as publisher)
A Setting Sun, Volume I by Gregg Evans, 2015, +KGP (as publisher)
I slowly watched him disappear, by Jason Hanasik, 2015, +KGP (as publisher)
Winters Berlin, by Luke Abiol, 2015, +KGP (as publisher)
Journey, by MaryLynne Wrye, 2015, +KGP (as publisher)
Guardians of Solitude, by Laura McPhee, 2009, Iris Editions, Ltd. (as editor)

Architectural League of New York
ASH Footwear
Bureau Betak
City University of New York
Cornell University
Equal Justice Initiative
Gap, Inc.
Google, Inc.
Jones New York
Lincoln Center Theatre
Mattel, Inc.
MTV Networks
Penguin Books
Phaidon Press
Sony Music Group
Vanity Fair
Watson & Company

Ameringer / McEnery / Yohe, New York
Barbican Gallery, London
Center for Architecture, New York
Denver Art Museum, Colorado
Galerie Lelong, New York
Guggenheim Museum, New York
Jewish Museum, New York
J. Paul Getty Museum, California
Paul Kasmin Gallery. New York
Museum of Modern Art, PS1, New York