JOEL GREY, born 1932

Joel Grey has won critical acclaim in virtually every medium of entertainment: stage, screen, recording, concerts, and television. With a New York theatre career spanning nearly six decades, Grey has won an Academy Award, Tony Award, and Golden Globe Award. In addition to his work for stage, screen, and television, Grey is also an accomplished photographer, working behind the camera for over 40 years. Grey’s images focus lovingly on his urban environment, including the graffiti, signage, architectural details, and sidewalks of New York City.


Pictures I Had To Take, Grey’s first monograph, published by powerHouse Books in 2003, showed work created over a 30 year period.  His second book, Looking Hard at Unexamined Things, published by Steidl in 2006, featured all new work and highlighted industrial sites, abandoned buildings, graffiti, wall art, detritus and public works from Los Angeles and New York to Berlin and Venice.  Grey’s third book, 1.3 – Images from My Phone, published by powerHouse Books in 2010, is a groundbreaking and critically acclaimed collection of mobile phone photography.



The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

New York Public Library


Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2013 The Billboard Papers, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

2011 Joel Grey/ A New York Life, Museum of the City of New York, New York

2010 1.3: New Color Images, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

2003 Pictures I Had to Take, Staley Wise Gallery, New York


Selected Group Exhibitions:
Slaves of Mimesis: Nine Years on 23rd Street- Steven Kasher Gallery, New York
Miami Project, Miami, Fl

Selected Publications:

Grey, Joel.  The Billboard Papers. New York: Pointed Leaf Press, 2013  
Grey, Joel. 1.3: Images from My Phone. New York: PowerHouse, 2009
Grey, Joel. Looking Hard at Unexamined Things. Gottingen: Steidl, 2006
Grey, Joel. Pictures I Had to Take. New York, NY: PowerHouse, 2003