Ken Graves’s idiosyncratic photographs capture the humour and pathos of America in the transitional era of the 1960s and 1970s. Looking in from the margins, Graves highlights the contradictions inherent in America and its culture moulded equally by idealism and decline. He simultaneously examines and dismantles those myths, and plays out the tension of the American dream against the backdrop of gritty reality.
Designed by Lewis Chaplin while working as a Designer at MACK, The Home Front uses an unconventional design to situate Graves' work in the political and cultural upheavals of the time. Resembling a dossier or stack of documents, the uncanny and off-kilter in Graves' images is accentuated through a rotated, close-range design. Within this dosieer is also thorough but idiosyncratic chronology, world political events alongside popular culture from 1964–75.