Kris Graves Projects

Kris Graves Projects +KGP collaborates with artists to create limited edition publications and archival prints, focusing on contemporary photography and works on paper.

PhotoBook Journal Book Review: Middle Distance by Isaac Diggs.
04/22/2019
Isaac Diggs – Middle Distance or The Anxiety of Influence

PhotoBook Journal Book Review: Middle Distance by Isaac Diggs.

Photographer: Isaac Diggs (native of Cleveland, OH; works in Poughkeepsie, NY) Publisher: Kris Graves Projects, Queens, NYC, NY; © 2018 Essays: Tisa Bryant, Arthur Jafa Text: English Clothbound…

PhotoBook Journal was kind enough to review Middle Distance... by Isaac Diggs
04/22/2019
Isaac Diggs – Middle Distance or The Anxiety of Influence

PhotoBook Journal was kind enough to review Middle Distance... by Isaac Diggs

Photographer: Isaac Diggs (native of Cleveland, OH; works in Poughkeepsie, NY) Publisher: Kris Graves Projects, Queens, NYC, NY; © 2018 Essays: Tisa Bryant, Arthur Jafa Text: English Clothbound…

Kris Graves Projects's cover photo
04/03/2019

Kris Graves Projects's cover photo

04/03/2019

Please join KGP Books at the following book fairs and signings. Dover Street Market, yo! Come peep the new books. Mad books.

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AIPAD PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW (April 4 - 7)
Pier 94, New York City
Friday, April 5, 4:00pm - Lentini by Andrea Modica
Saturday, April 6, 1:30pm - New Zealand by Young Sohn
Saturday, April 6, 2:00pm - Uzhhorod by Jules Slutsky
Saturday, April 6, 2:30pm - Toronto by Zun Lee
Saturday, April 6, 3:00pm - Middle Distance... by Isaac Diggs
Saturday, April 6, 4:30pm - Illinois by Tim Carpenter
Saturday, April 6, 5:00pm - Ossining by Giovanni Urgelles
Saturday, April 6, 5:30pm - Bronx by Kris Graves
Saturday, April 6, 6:30pm - Hong Kong by Nelson Chan

BOOK PARTY (Saturday, April 6) > CANCELLED

ICP PHOTOBOOK FEST
International Center of Photography, New York City
Thursday, April 18, 6pm - 8pm

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LA ART BOOK FAIR
Geffen Contemporary a MOCA
April 11 - 14
Sunday, April 14, 2:00pm - Los Angeles by Aline Smithson
Sunday, April 14, 3:00pm - Middle Distance... by Isaac Diggs

DOVER STREET MARKET LOS ANGELES
606-608 Imperial Street + Los Angeles, CA 90021
Sunday, April 14, 12pm - Panel Discussion with Isaac Diggs, Aline Smithson and I, followed by a book signing with both artists.

INDEPENDENT ART BOOK FAIR
939 E. 31st Street + Los Angeles, CA 90011
April 12 - 14

PORTLANDPORTLANDPORTLAND

PHOTOLUCIDA Book Fair
Blue Sky Gallery, Portland
April 26, 6pm - 8pm
6pm - The Bronx by Kris Graves
6:30pm - Syracuse by Shane Lavalette
7pm - Crow Country by Wendy Red Star

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CONTACT Book Fair
Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto
Sunday, May 5, 11am - 5pm

Every year I find myself in the wonderful city of Denver. The homie @zorajmurff and I, as well as the wonderful @hamidah...
03/19/2019

Every year I find myself in the wonderful city of Denver. The homie @zorajmurff and I, as well as the wonderful @hamidahg, will be giving a talk at CVA. Come on out to hear us speak about our projects and life in general, as well as me trying not to curse for multiple hours in a row. :)

Tijuana by Griselda San Martin #LOSTII #tijuana #kgpbooks
03/15/2019

Tijuana by Griselda San Martin #LOSTII #tijuana #kgpbooks

Viterbo by Cristina Velasquez #LOSTII #kgpbooks #buykgpbooks
03/14/2019

Viterbo by Cristina Velasquez #LOSTII #kgpbooks #buykgpbooks

New Zealand by Young Sohn #LOSTII #kgpbooks #buykgpbooks
03/13/2019

New Zealand by Young Sohn #LOSTII #kgpbooks #buykgpbooks

Uzhhorod by Jules Slütsky #LOSTII #kgpbooks
03/12/2019

Uzhhorod by Jules Slütsky #LOSTII #kgpbooks

Toronto by Zun Lee #LOSTII #kgpbooks
03/12/2019

Toronto by Zun Lee #LOSTII #kgpbooks

Birmingham by Shawn Theodore #LOSTII #kgpbooks
03/12/2019

Birmingham by Shawn Theodore #LOSTII #kgpbooks

Philadelphia by Saleem Ahmed #LOSTII this photo is beautiful
03/12/2019

Philadelphia by Saleem Ahmed #LOSTII this photo is beautiful

Lentini by Andrea Modica #LOSTII is killin it.
03/12/2019

Lentini by Andrea Modica #LOSTII is killin it.

Ossining by Giovanni Urgelles #LOSTII
03/11/2019

Ossining by Giovanni Urgelles #LOSTII

Ossining by Giovanni Urgelles #LOSTII
03/11/2019

Ossining by Giovanni Urgelles #LOSTII

London by Sergio A. Fernandez #LOSTII
03/10/2019

London by Sergio A. Fernandez #LOSTII

London by Sergio A. Fernandez #LOSTII
03/10/2019

London by Sergio A. Fernandez #LOSTII

03/07/2019

Wig Heavier Than A Boot by @davidjohnsonstudio y @philipandpetal > preorder up at #kgpbooks

03/06/2019

#LOSTII Proofs

The Rug's Topography by Rana Young
03/06/2019

The Rug's Topography by Rana Young

Get yourself, your fams and your deep fried friendz a 28USD BOOK, free shipping. #NewZealand by @yooouuunnggg > #LOSTII ...
03/05/2019

Get yourself, your fams and your deep fried friendz a 28USD BOOK, free shipping. #NewZealand by @yooouuunnggg > #LOSTII #kgpbooks

03/02/2019

New work for HuffPost > Kevinee Gilmore knows what rejection feels like. Filmed here by Kris Graves Projects, Kevinee, after spending five years in foster care bouncing between different homes and high schools, became homeless. For most of her young life, Gilmore searched for some semblance of normalcy. She realized that she and other foster care kids had that longing in common. That’s why she created Foster Share, a social media movement that advocates for foster kids by connecting them with access to opportunities and mentors they wouldn’t have otherwise. Gilmore recognized some of the privileges she experienced that a lot of others don’t have (like the chance to work on Capitol Hill). She also recognized the power of social media and our fascination with celebrities. Gilmore combined the two to create a platform designed to uplift and empower foster kids while working to end the many disparities they face. For “We Built This,” Gilmore spoke to HuffPost about healing after her personal traumas from foster care, the flaws within the system and the importance of making foster kids feel like royalty. // Interview by: @_tarynitup

02/26/2019

New work HuffPost
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Kent Johnson knew the power of seeing the world when he took his first international trip at age 7. Now, he’s disrupting the travel industry to create space for black people. Filmed here by Kris Graves Projects, the Baltimore native co-founded Black & Abroad, a collective that makes travel more accessible for and catered to black people by offering exposure, experiences and resources. Johnson and Eric Martin launched the website in 2015 when they recognized the lack of black representation in travel marketing and of opportunities within the industry. They created a space where black people feel empowered to travel anywhere in the world while redefining the face of travel. But Johnson doesn’t solely focus his mission abroad. He makes room for the diaspora in the states as well with his podcast “Ungentrified.” With an increasing number of black neighborhoods becoming less black and long-term residents being forced out of their communities, Johnson explores current cultural and political events with guests to ensure our voices are heard. For “We Built This,” Johnson spoke to HuffPost about the power of black people disrupting the travel industry, the roadblocks that prevent many from access and drawing inspiration from Matthew Henson and Victor Hugo Green. // Interview by: @_tarynitup

02/26/2019

New work HuffPost
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@lindseydayy, filmed here by Kris Graves Projects, is giving black women the royal treatment they deserve with her magazine, CRWN. 👑 Too often black women have been told our hair is “bad,” “unmanageable” or unprofessional just because it didn’t fit Eurocentric beauty standards. Mainstream media doesn’t help, as it has consistently failed at representing black women in an honest and non-stereotypical way. Day noticed this growing up. And even though the narrative is slowly starting to shift, the industry is still a ways away from genuinely celebrating black women’s beauty. After spending years irritated with major magazines for not properly showing the diversity of black women (and often erasing us altogether), Day launched CRWN, a publication dedicated to showing the beauty and range of black women’s hair, in 2016. It’s more than just a hair magazine, though: Day created CRWN to celebrate the wholeness of black women by offering thoughtful dialogue, inspirational imagery and more as a means to take control of our own narrative. HuffPost spoke with Day as part of our “We Built This” series for Black History Month. She discussed creating CRWN Magazine, diversity among black women and eliminating her “mental chains” to redefine what beauty is. // Interview by: @_tarynitup

#LosAngeles by Aline Smithson, a collaboration with #kgpbooks
02/25/2019

#LosAngeles by Aline Smithson, a collaboration with #kgpbooks

#HongKong by Nelson Chan (@enlargedheart) #LOSTII, now in preorder #kgpbooks
02/24/2019

#HongKong by Nelson Chan (@enlargedheart) #LOSTII, now in preorder #kgpbooks

30 of 60 sets sold #LOSTII. Birmingham by Shawn Theodore (@_xst), back cover illustrations on all books by @carinisms
02/23/2019

30 of 60 sets sold #LOSTII. Birmingham by Shawn Theodore (@_xst), back cover illustrations on all books by @carinisms

@diggsandco.studio book signing time #kgpbooks
02/23/2019

@diggsandco.studio book signing time #kgpbooks

@analog_hunter putting in the 16-hour day at @sylartgrafic, making those Illinois Central (@timcarpenter) monochromes si...
02/22/2019

@analog_hunter putting in the 16-hour day at @sylartgrafic, making those Illinois Central (@timcarpenter) monochromes sing > #LOSTII

02/22/2019

New work for HuffPost >
Michael Strahan wears many hats. ⚡️ Filmed here by Kris Graves Projects, he’s one half of ABC’s “Strahan and Sara,” a Super Bowl champion and a Pro Football Hall of Famer, an entrepreneur, a producer, a former Army brat and a dad, just to name a few. It’s second nature for the world to unfairly put a label on black athletes. Strahan rejects that. Literally and metaphorically, you can’t put this 6-foot-5 Renaissance man in a box. His friends tried when they made fun of his weight as a kid. Then he got drafted into the NFL. Then, fellow businessmen and executives tried to tell him he was just a trophy pundit when he retired. Now he’s one of TV’s most infectious morning show hosts. “I stopped waiting for people to change their perception about me. I had to change it for them,” Strahan told HuffPost. For #WeBuiltThis Strahan discusses his rise from athlete to host, activism in the NFL and being a representation of limitlessness for black kids. // Interview by: @_tarynitup

#LOSTII > Today, @analog_hunter  is on press at @sylartgrafic in Barcelona. These are pages from Crow Country by @wendyr...
02/22/2019

#LOSTII > Today, @analog_hunter is on press at @sylartgrafic in Barcelona. These are pages from Crow Country by @wendyredstar. Wendy has an solo show opening this Saturday at Newark Art Museum. See you there!

Colorado City by Steven B Smith, an excerpt #LOSTII
02/21/2019

Colorado City by Steven B Smith, an excerpt #LOSTII

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02/20/2019

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#1 on @photoeyebooks means that you should get your #LOSTII set asap. From them or me. Thx to @shanelavalette for the he...
02/19/2019

#1 on @photoeyebooks means that you should get your #LOSTII set asap. From them or me. Thx to @shanelavalette for the heads up. #kgpbooks link in bio

02/18/2019

This Friday, come out to our dual #booksigning for Isaac Diggs (@diggsandco.studio) and Mikhail Mishin (@mikhail.mishin). 6pm at 277 Grand St. In the #LES #kgpbooks

Oh dip, this is happening right now! @huffpost
02/16/2019

Oh dip, this is happening right now! @huffpost

New work with @huffpost ... The world already had so many things stacked against Ericka Hart (@ihartericka) when she was...
02/15/2019

New work with @huffpost
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The world already had so many things stacked against Ericka Hart (@ihartericka) when she was born a black femme who would eventually be diagnosed with breast cancer at 28. And she isn’t an anomaly. Photographed here by @kgprojects, Hart is like so many black women in America and beyond. We have a higher rate of being diagnosed with and dying of breast cancer. We also are the least likely to be listened to by our doctors. Racism toward medical patients is real, and Hart is actively fighting to reverse some of these discriminatory practices with education. Ad she does so wearing different hats. She’s a professor at Columbia School of Social Work, a sex education expert, an advocate for breast cancer awareness and representation, and a model. She is the representation we don’t typically see reflected when it comes to raising awareness and gaining education about women’s physical and sexual health. For “We Built This,” Hart spoke to HuffPost about changing the face of health education, her journey with breast cancer and tearing down medical racism one brick at a time. // 📰: @_tarynitup // #BlackHistoryBuiltThis #BlackHistoryMonth

New work continues @blackvoices - D.J. Pierce is larger than life. ⚡️ Best known as Shangela (@itsshangela), Pierce ...
02/15/2019

New work continues @blackvoices - D.J. Pierce is larger than life. ⚡️ Best known as Shangela (@itsshangela), Pierce is an entertainer, an actor and a three-time contestant on @rupaulsdragrace. Photographed here by @kgprojects, Pierce was recently hand-selected by Lady Gaga to audition for the Oscar-nominated “A Star Is Born.” And though he didn’t have a main role, that title is fitting for Pierce’s story. As Shangela, the small-town Texan just wrapped up his first major tour, performing in nearly 200 cities worldwide. Pierce has been doing drag for just eight years, but it’s clear that he’s made quite the bang among queens and fans alike (just ask his stans who should’ve won “All Stars 3”). Aside from giving all of us life, Pierce takes seriously his responsibility to ensure those who don’t feel valuable, like he once did, find their voice and follow their truth. For “We Built This,” Pierce spoke to HuffPost about his days as a cheerleader, living in Jenifer Lewis’ basement and the freedom that drag gives him. // Interview by: @_tarynitup // #BlackHistoryBuiltThis

The first 25 people to purchase #LOSTII #HongKong by Nelson Chan (@enlargedheart) will get a print. Nelson is too nice! ...
02/14/2019

The first 25 people to purchase #LOSTII #HongKong by Nelson Chan (@enlargedheart) will get a print. Nelson is too nice! Head over to his page to see the uncropped image > #kgpbooks @ Hong Kong

Andrea Modica X Kris Graves Projects + LOST Lentini
02/13/2019

Andrea Modica X Kris Graves Projects + LOST Lentini

LENTINI BY ANDREA MODICA

Releasing April 2019
7 x 8.5" softcover
48 pages, offset
First Edition, limited edition
Pre-order: https://www.krisgravesprojects.com/lost-ii/lentini

"The first time I had some extra money in my pocket, shortly after graduate school, I bought a plane ticket to Italy. I arrived in Rome, and with my large-format camera in a backpack and no particular agenda, I got on a train headed south. On that trip, I met a couple traveling home to Sicily with their daughter. I suspect now that they were concerned for me - a young, inexperienced traveler with little knowledge of the Italian language, wandering into Sicily. As they learned of my plans, or lack thereof, they invited me to stay with them and their extended family in Lentini. It was a remarkable and influential experience, and it was the beginning of a thirty-year relationship with a forgotten little city and its lovely residents. "
-From introduction by Andrea Modica

Kris Graves Projects

It was an honor to have a chance to photograph Melo for @huffpost, I've witnessed his entire career.  ... Carmelo Anthon...
02/13/2019

It was an honor to have a chance to photograph Melo for @huffpost, I've witnessed his entire career.
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Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) will go down in the Hall of Fame. There’s no doubt about that. Photographed here by @kgprojects, he’s a 10-time NBA All Star, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and his career-high single scoring game is a whopping 62 points. But pundits and fans have began to question Anthony’s impact recently, as he’s been traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets to the Chicago Bulls where his contract was waived, making him a free agent. What doubters don’t realize, is that, possibly now more than ever, Anthony’s destiny is in his control. In recent years, Anthony has found his voice on and off the court, he told HuffPost. And he’s still building upon it, not only with basketball, but with his activism and charity. Anthony was one of the first athletes to march in the streets with activists. In 2015, he joined Baltimore protesters after Freddie Gray had been killed, even before the intersection of sports and social justice made it to the modern mainstream conversation. In 2016, he made a single Instagram post urging his fellow athletes to use their platforms to stand up against injustice and a domino effect could be seen through the world of sports as other athletes raised their voices. Following in the footsteps of Muhammad Ali and Tommie Davis, Anthony won’t let anyone silence him. For HuffPost Black Voices’ “We Built This” series, Anthony spoke to us about his future in basketball, his advocacy work and how his Afro-Latinx roots empower him. // Interview by: @_tarynitup // #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackHistoryBuiltThis

02/13/2019

New work from HuffPost
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Change is constant, but progress is a slow process, especially in the fight for civil rights. Rashad Robinson (@rashadny), president of the advocacy group Color Of Change (Color Of Change), knows this firsthand. Here, Kris Graves Projects captures the New York native who began his activist work early, staging his first protest at age 14 against local stores that were discriminating against young people. The demonstration got media attention and led to a face-to-face meeting between the kids and business heads, prompting them to change store policies. For Robinson, it was an early look at how strategic planning and persistence can win results. Little did he know then that he’d go on to lead one of the largest online social activism nonprofits dedicated to eradicating the everyday injustices black people face. Since taking the helm of Color Of Change in 2011, Robinson has helped to spearhead advertising boycotts that have included pressuring Fox News to cancel Bill O’Reilly’s show after the host spewed dangerous rhetoric about black people. (Fox News finally canceled O’Reilly’s show in 2017 after revelations of workplace sexual harassment.) Robinson also campaigned for Sony to drop R. Kelly and mobilized black voters during the 2018 midterm elections. As a part of the “We Built This” photo series, HuffPost is highlighting Robinson’s work as a change agent and black history maker of today. Robinson spoke to us about his passion for pursuing justice, the importance of strategy and finding peace while fighting the good fight. // #BlackHistoryBuiltThis

02/12/2019

#Toronto by Zun Lee (@zunleephoto), a collaboration with #kgpbooks (link in bio)

02/12/2019

So good. Colorado City by Steven B Smith, a collaboration with #kgpbooks > link in bio

02/11/2019

Lentini by Andrea Modica, a collaboration with #kgpbooks > link in bio. #LOSTII

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