Graham Howe

Graham Howe (born 1950)[1] is an Australiam curator, photo-historian, artist, and the founder and CEO of Curatorial Assistance, Inc., a museum services organization specializing in traveling exhibitions.[2][3][4] Howe's art collection includes the E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection and the Paul Outerbridge II Collection. Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Howe now resides in Los Angeles, California.


Graham Howe received his bachelor's degree (Diploma of Art & Design in Photography, Film and Art History, (Hons)) in 1971 from Prahran College of Advanced Education, Melbourne, Australia. He continued his tertiary studies in 1976, gaining his Master of Arts degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, California (UCLA) in Painting Sculpture, Graphic Arts (Majoring in Photography) in 1978 where he studied with Robert Heinecken, achieving his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1979.


In 1972, Howe became one of the first employees of The Photographers' Gallery, London, a research assistant at the Royal Photographic Society, London, and, in 1973, the founding Director of the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney. In 1976, he became the curator for Graham Nash and in 1984 to 1985 he was a visiting curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. In 1988, he incorporated Curatorial Assistance, Inc., a company specializing in art and museum services, and in 2000 he founded Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that originates and travels exhibitions of art to museums worldwide. His photographic work is collected in museums and galleries including Harvard University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and he is an advisor for the Lucie Awards[5] and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Photography Fellowship and a Ford Foundation grant.[6]

Artist exhibitionsEdit

  • Art of Illusion: Photography and Perceptual Play, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, 2021[7]
  • California Cool: Art in Los Angeles 1960s–70s, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2018-19[8]
  • Forsaken Utopias: Photographs from the OCMA Permanent Collection, Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana, California, 2018[9]
  • Graham Howe: Colour Theory, Rooftop Gallery, Bangkok, 2013[10]
  • Graham Howe: Color Theory, Sol Mednick Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 2012[11]
  • Street Sight, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena. Curated by Tim Wride, 2011.[12]
  • Time Signatures, Grunwald Study Center for the Graphic Arts, Hammer Museum, 2011[citation needed]
  • And Howe! Photographs By Graham Howe, 1968–2008, (mid-career survey)California Museum of Photography, Riverside. Curated by Colin Westerbeck, 2009.[13]
  • Graham Howe, Gallery Min, Tokyo, Japan, 1984, publication with essay by Colin Westerbeck[citation needed]
  • Arranged Image Photography, a traveling exhibition organized by the Boise Gallery of Art, 1983–1984[citation needed]
  • Graham Howe, BC Space, Laguna Beach, California, 1981[14]
  • Graham Howe, The Photographers’ Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, 1980[15]
  • Invented Images, a traveling exhibition organized by the University Art Museum, Santa Barbara, 1980[16]
  • Attitudes: Photography in the 1970s, The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1979[17]
  • The Photograph as Artifice, a traveling exhibition organized by The Art Galleries, California State University, 1978[18]

Curatorial research and publicationsEdit

Howe's main area of expertise is early Modern twentieth century photography. He has published extensively on the work of American photographer, Paul Outerbridge (1896-1958) and British photographer, E.O. Hoppé (1878-1972).

  • Howe, G. (1974). New Photography Australia: A Selective Survey. Sydney: The Australian Centre for Photography. p. 103. ISBN 978-0-909339-00-5.
  • Howe, G. (1974). Aspects of Australian Photography. Sydney: The Australian Centre for Photography. p. 71. ISBN 978-0-909339-02-9.
  • Howe, G. (essay) (1976). Paul Outerbridge Jr.,. Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies.
  • Howe, G.; Nagatani, P.; Rankin, S. (1978). Two Views of Manzanar: Ansel Adams and Toyo Miyatake. Los Angeles: Wight Gallery, UCLA. ASIN B001BST592.
  • Howe, G.; Nash, G.; Nash, S. (1978). The Graham Nash Collection. Los Angeles: Nash Press. ASIN B0012SCE6M.
  • Hawkins, G.; Howe, G.; Markham, J. (1980). Paul Outerbridge Jr. Photographs. New York: Rizzoli. p. 159. ISBN 978-0-8478-0281-4.
  • Dines, E.; Howe, G. (1981). Paul Outerbridge Jr.: A Singular Aesthetic. Los Angeles: Arabesque Books. ISBN 0-940872-02-1.
  • Howe, G. (1984). 10 Photographers: Olympic Images. Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-914357-06-3.
  • Howe, G.; Schaaf, L. (1990). Tracings of Light: Sir John Herschel and the Camera Lucida. San Francisco: The Friends of Photography. ISBN 978-0-933286-55-9.
  • Howe, G. (1991). Eikoh Hosoe: META. Pasadena: Curatorial Assistance. pp. 123 pages. ASIN B0006F1LRU.
  • Howe, G. (1996). Nudes: Paul Outerbridge. Milan: Federico Motta Editore. pp. 60 pages. ISBN 978-88-7179-108-1.
  • Howe, G. (1999). Camera Over Hollywood—Photographs by John Swope. New York: Distributed Art Publishers. pp. 144 pages. ISBN 978-1-891024-08-5.
  • Howe, G. (2008). E.O. Hoppe's Australia. New York: W.W. Norton. pp. 208 pages. ISBN 978-0-393-06611-1.
  • Howe, G., with co-curators Ewing, W. and Prodger, P. (2009). Paul Outerbridge: New Color Photographs from Mexico and California, 1948–1955. Portland: Nazraeli Press. ISBN 978-1-59005-261-7.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Pal, Dr. P., Howe, G. Radhika Sabavala for the Marg Foundation, Mumbai (2010). E.O. Hoppé's Bombay: Photographs from 1929. Pasadena, California: Curatorial Assistance Inc. ISBN 978-8-190832-31-1.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Pal, Dr. P., Howe, G. Radhika Sabavala for the Marg Foundation, Mumbai (2010). E.O. Hoppé's Santiniketan: Photographs from 1929. Pasadena, California: Curatorial Assistance Inc. ISBN 978-9-380581-04-0.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Howe, G., with Beth Gates Warren (2017). Edward Weston: Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist. New York: Merrell Publishers. ISBN 978-1-8589-4663-4.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Bowlt, J Howe, G., Minin, O. Iskusstvo (2018). One Hundred and One Photographs: Emil Otto Hoppé and the Ballets Russes. Pasadena, California: Curatorial Assistance, Inc. ISBN 978-0-982938-81-2.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Howe, G. Ionescu, A.S., Lundeberg, M., Dragoo, M. (2019). E.O. Hoppé: Photographs of Greater Romania, 1923. Pasadena, California: Curatorial Books. ISBN 978-1-733641-41-8.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)


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  2. ^ Article, Double Exposure. Archived 2010-09-29 at the Wayback Machine December 1, 2007. Accessed August 23, 2009.
  3. ^ Interview, Imaging Insider. December 25, 2008. Accessed August 23, 2009.
  4. ^ Review, Iphoto Central October 24, 2009. Accessed December 5, 2009.
  5. ^ Lucie Awards. 2008. Accessed August 23, 2009.
  6. ^ Festival of Photography | Bio, [1] November 6, 2009. Accessed December 5, 2009.
  7. ^ "Art of Illusion Photography Exhibition to Open at Nelson-Atkins Museum". Fine Books & Collections. Retrieved 2021-10-11.
  8. ^ "NGA: California Cool art in Los Angeles 1960s–70s". National Gallery of Australia.
  9. ^ "OCMA Exhibitions - Season 1". OCMA: Orange County Museum of Art.
  10. ^ "LA Photo-Conceptualist Rediscovered in Bangkok at the Rooftop Gallery". Cision PR Newswire.
  11. ^ "This Week @ UArts : October 29-November 4, 2012". University of the Arts-University Libraries Digital Collections.
  12. ^ "Exhibitions-Street Sight". Armory Arts.
  13. ^ "UCR Arts Exhibitions-Archive". University of California-Riverside Arts- Exhibitions.
  14. ^ "Orange Coast Calendar". Orange Coast Magazine. Irvine, California: O.C.N.L, Inc. (August 1982): 86, 87. 4 August 1982.
  15. ^ "ICP-Archive". International Center of Photography.
  16. ^ Plous, Phyllis; Cortwright, Steven (1980). Invented Images. Santa Barbara, California: UCSB Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara. p. 76.
  17. ^ "SBMA-Photography Collection". Santa Barbara Museum of Art-Collections/Photography.
  18. ^ Glenn, Constance W. (1978). The Photograph As Artifice. Long Beach, California: Art Galleries, California State University Long Beach. pp. 38 pages.

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