Documentary photographer Graham Miller offers a unique insight into vulnerablity
Capturing the essence of life frozen in a moment is what many photographers strive for in their work. Not many succeed. Graham Miller does.
Don McCullin, the British war photographer whose gritty often distressing realism has had a big influence on Graham’s work, says, with typical candor, that photography “is not an art but a way of communicating, passing on information.”
What Graham communicates in his work is authentic, unfiltered, intimate, human ‘information’. He gets close to his subjects, inhabits their world, wins their trust and tells their stories. He does not sugar-coat them. But neither does he embellish them. His pictures and his words come as close as it’s possible to get to a sort of truth, unvarnished and compelling
Graham’s says his enterprise Photohonesty is about challenging thinking around disability. “It starts with talking to people, seeking to understand them, their lives, their feelings and then presenting work which captures attention, always in a balanced and honest way.”
Graham has travelled around Europe and beyond documenting the lives of people who are marginalised. He is part of a European collective of photographers called M55.
He visited Greece in 2015 and spent several days living in a house with young adults with autism. Autism: Hearts of Angels was shown to 1500 delegates at the European Autism Congress in 2016. This led to an exhibition at the European Economic and Social Committee Brussels.
Graham’s work is part story-telling part social enterprise. He recently mentored a group of autistic youngsters in a documentary photography project on the theme ‘Too Much Information’ and curated the resulting work in an exhibition at Scotland’s Macrobert Arts Centre.
Vulnerability is a thread that runs through his work. But there is also joy and hope and above all else love