Graham is one of several British photographers who have developed a new approach to documentary photography. He came to prominence in the 1980s with a series of photographs of Northern Ireland, and since then has made a number of works which reflect on socio-political issues. In contrast, his Television Portraits are surprisingly intimate and domestic. The series began with a spontaneous photograph of the artist's flatmate, and now includes images of people watching television all over the world. Although they meditate on the power of mass media and the ubiquity of television, ironically the television is not visible in any of the photographs.