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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Chris McCaw

Dates:  1971 -
Born:  US, CA, Daly City
Active:  US
Website:  www.chrismccaw.com
 
  
Contemporary American photographer.

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A California native, San Francisco based Chris McCaw is a successful fine art photographer who shoots with a 7” x 17” large format camera, which he built himself. He also does his own platinum/palladium printing on hand coated rag paper, which he exposes by direct contact underneath an ultraviolet light table. By hand coating the paper himself, Chris creates distinct black brush strokes which add a unique aesthetic to each image.
 
With the death of his grandfather in 1998, Chris came to the realization that his grandparent’s farm would not be around forever. According to McCaw, this particular series of images began as a “simple exercise in making beautiful images” and eventually transformed into a documentation of his family’s history, and “a way of life that is ending in California.”
 
In addition to Watermark, Chris McCaw’s work has been exhibited at galleries in San Francisco and Palo Alto, California as well as Mannheim, Germany. Furthermore, his images are in the permanent collections of George Eastman House, University of Texas at Austin, and the Museum of Photographic Art in San Diego, California. His work has been published in View Camera Magazine, SF Camerawork Journal of Photographic Art, and Photo Metro among others.
 
[Courtesy of Watermark Fine Art Photographs & Books, September 2007]
 
Education
 
1995 Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA, BFA, photography
1990-93 De Anza College, Cupertino, CA. Studies-photographic arts, film production, liberal arts
 
Selected Exhibitions
 
2007 Sunburn, Houston Center of Photography, Houston, TX
2007 Stormy Weather, David Cunningham Projects, San Francisco, CA
2007 Sunburn, Burien Art Gallery, Burien, WA
2007 Sunburns and Platinum work, Moab Art works, UT
2007 Lucky Day, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA
2006 Sunburned & Waterlogged, Gallery of Urban Art, Oakland, CA
2006 Eyewitness II, UC Berkeley School of Journalism, Berkeley, CA
2006 Platinum places, Watermark Fine Art, Houston, TX
2006 Outmoded, The Art Gallery, San Francisco State University, CA
2006 Lost Out West, 19th & Union Gallery, Oakland, CA
2006 Contemporary Landscape, Baxter/Chang/Patri Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2006 The Family Farm, San Francisco International Airport Museum, CA
2005 Romancing the Shadows, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
2005 Contemporary American Photography, International Fototage, Mannheim, Germany
2005 Vital Signs, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
2005 The Family Farm, Watermark Fine Art, Houston, TX
2005 Travelogue, Fusion Artspace, San Francisco, CA
2004 Live Free or Die, Freewheel, San Francisco, CA
2003 Chris McCaw-American photographs, Image/Imatge Gallery, Orthez, France
2002 Identity, San Francisco Main library, San Francisco, CA
2001 SF Camerawork, Fine Print Collection, San Francisco, CA
2001 Vivid, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
2000 Timeless Light , Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, OR
1999 Portraits, Bloom Studio, Oakland, CA
1998 Road Trip Documents, Spindler, San Francisco, CA
1995 Graduate show, Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA
1993 Friends of the South Bay punk scene, the Other Gallery, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
1991 Infrared views, the Other Gallery, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
 
Awards
 
2007 Alternative Exposure Grant, Andy Warhol Foundation / Southern Exposure, SF, CA
1996 Honorable mention, Photo Metro
1994 Best junior entry, Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA
1992 John Long Memorial photography scholarship, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
 
Collections
 
George Eastman House Museum
Harry Ransom Center of Humanities, University of Texas
Museum of Photographic Arts of San Diego
De Anza College  
  
 

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