A black-and-white headshot of David Graham in a checkered shirt

Professor Emeritus

Photography (BFA)

David Graham has been a professor of Photography at UArts since 1999 and is a documentary-style photographer. 


David Graham was born and grew up in the Philadelphia area. He attended Abington High School and then Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania. After three years immersed in the liberal arts, Graham transferred to the Philadelphia College of Art (now UArts), where he studied Photography and earned a BFA. Soon after, he went on to earn an MFA at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia.


In photography, I live in three worlds: the art world, the editorial world and the University of the Arts.


  • From 1980 to 1990, Graham taught at a variety of community colleges and finally settled down at Moore College of Art and Design. 

  • After 1990, he  switched over to assignment photography, working for Details, Fortune, GQ, The New York Times Magazine and Newsweek. 

  • In 1999, while continuing to shoot assignments, Graham also became a full-time faculty member at University of the Arts. He remains at UArts as a professor of Photography in the School of Art.


Visit David Graham’s website. 

A phot of a large black-and-white cow statue tied to a trailer bed with a black-and-white dog drinking from a puddle in front o it
David Graham, “South of Oshkosh, Wisconsin”


Awards & Accolades

  • Graham has been awarded numerous grants and honors. 

  • He is a recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts grant. 

  • He is a five-time awardee of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grants.