Ceasefire, April 1994, Shantallow, Londonderry

Paul Graham’s switch to colour film in the mid 1980’s revolutionised the genre of documentary photography. Graham went to Ireland in April 1994, when the ceasefire had been announced, and pointed his camera at the sky. The photographs in his series Ceasefire show nothing but the passing weather. The veiled sun glimmers through clouds in Ballymurphy. More dark clouds lower in Newry, and weather moves in over Shankhill. Like peace itself, these cloud studies are a kind of sublime abstraction. The indifferent weather respects no borders or allegiances.