Stephanie Graham is a Chicago Based photographic artist and filmmaker. Stephanie is great and thinks you would really like her.
The Walmart project is a series of portraits that I created in several Walmart portrait studios across the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. The process for this project involves forced collaboration. I call a local Walmart Portrait Studio to reserve a portrait session, the day of the session I arrive with a model that I have cast specifically for the day along with a makeup artist/hairstylist, and a wardrobe stylist or the designer of the piece the model is wearing.
Essentially the Walmart staff photographer becomes my technician; my camera operator and I assume the role of director, bringing the model through a series of poses while they perform in front of a child like, overly saturated 5x5 background. With this series of work I'm interested in exploring the contrast between high and low culture, where the two sides confront each other and find a common ground.