Raised in a Photographic family, Curtis started taking pictures at age 15. He attended Los Angeles Art Center College of Design, which started a career in Advertising Photography. Curtis has won many accolades for his work in advertising including: N.Y. Art Director Award, Norma Award, National Addys, and Clio Award. His work has appeared in many national publications such as: Town & Country, Esquire, W, Print, and Communication Arts.
His career in Advertising led to doing Commercials for his Clients as a Director/Cameraman. Curtis went on to Attend The American Film Institute. At AFI Curtis received the Mary Pickford Award Scholarship. His Master Thesis film, The Blue Men, starring Estelle Parsons went on to receive an Emmy , Academy Award and Focus Award. It is listed as one of the most award winning shorts of 1990. This started Curtis to pursue Narrative work as Director/Director of Photography.
Curtis Graham's Feature Resume is as varied as his Commercial career. From films such as Oneiric, Father Eddy, Misconceptions, Prime of your Life, The Glass Window, The Investigator to the PBS Documentaries John & Mable Ringling, Silent Majority and 100s of Commercials for advertising clients around the world. Curtis has created a diverse body of work as Director/Cinematographer. OLIOBIRI was filmed in Nigeria and won The African Oscar for Best Picture in 2016. His Documentary as DP Erroll Barrow Freedom Fighter filmed in Barbados, won this year's Pan African Film festival. His new film The Favorite opens in theaters Sept. 2018. Curtis has been an adjunct professor teaching Cinematography and Directing at University of Tampa, Southeastern University Lakeland FL.
Curtis continues to Direct and Shoot Narrative and Commercials projects under his Production Co. GreyHouse Films