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Katy Grannan in "San Francisco Bay Area"

Fascinated by the lives of people she describes as “anonymous,” the Berkeley-based photographer and filmmaker Katy Grannan develops long-term relationships with the residents of western American cities and towns, which generate beautiful and unsettling images. Surveying her work taking portraits of society’s most invisible members to the making of her first feature-length film, “The Nine,” this segment charts the collaborative and at times complicated dynamics between and an artist and her muses.

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Katy Grannan

Katy Grannan was born in Arlington, Massachusetts, in 1969. A photographer and filmmaker, Grannan is fascinated by the lives of what she describes as “anonymous people” on the margins of society in the American West. Grannan develops long-term relationships with transient residents, which lead to stunningly beautiful and unsettling portraits.

Discomfort is a really important feeling, and it might help you recognize some of your own limitations and the way you see the world. Or just the fact of other possibilities.”

Katy Grannan