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Chris McCaw

Chris McCaw

Biography

Chris has been getting his hands wet in the darkroom from the age of 13, and since then he has been unable separate his personal life from his photographic life. In a constant state of production of photographic work from that early age, he continues to be excited about the medium.

The early years involved self taught explorations in skateboarding/ zine /punk scenes with a fisheye lens and Tri-X through the mid-late 80’s. After high school he learned everything he could about photography. Finally he fell in love with the simplicity of large format cameras, and in 1992 got his first 4”x5”. The following year he fell in love with the platinum/palladium printing process and even larger cameras. To this day Chris makes his living through the platinum/palladium process. Currently he’s working the boundaries of analogue photographic mediums with his project titled Sunburn.

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b. Daly City, CA, 1971

EDUCATION
1995

B.F.A. Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA
1990

De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018

New Works, Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA

2017

Time and Tides, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2016

Direct Positive, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY
2012

Marking Time, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY
2011

Ride into the Sun, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010

Sunburned, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008

New work from the Sunburn Project, Michael Mazzeo Gallery, NY
Sunburn, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
Sunburns, Duncan Miller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003

Powerhouse, Family Farm and Travelogue, Image/Imatge Gallery, Orthez, FR
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017

The Basilisk, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Sea Views, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Low Fidelity, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
Phenomenon, Bolinas Art Museum, Bolinas, CA
2016

A Matter of Memory: Photography as Object in the Digital Age, George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY
Retro-spective: Analog Photography in a Digital World, MOCA, Jacksonville
The Sun Placed in the Abyss, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Berkeley Eye: Perspectives on the Collection, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
I Am the Sun, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, ILn the Digital Age, George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY
Touch the Sky: Art and Astronomy, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
This is a Photograph, Penland Gallery, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
Defying Darkness: Photography at Night, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
Look Inside: New Photography Acquisitions, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin, TX
2015

Photography and the Scientific Spirit, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Acquired with the Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2014

Modern Alchemy: Experiments in Photography, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY
After Ansel Adams, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
2013

Reality Check, Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
With a Trace: Photographs of Absence, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
Currents: Photographs from the Collection of Allen Thomas Jr., Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, NC
Landmark: The Fields of Photography, Somerset House Trust, London, UK
Light Sensitive: Photographic Works from North Carolina Collections, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC
2011

Sun Works, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
Bending the Light, Oakland International Airport Exhibition, Oakland, CA
Heavens: Photographs of the Sky and Cosmos, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
Seeing is Knowing: the Universe, Perlman Teaching Museum, Carleton College, Northfield, MN
Out of the Dark Room, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Pure Photography, Post Production and Mixed Media, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
California Continued: New Approaches in West Coast Photography, Smith Anderson North, San Anselmo, CA
EcoArchive: Meditations on Time and Nature, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Open Season, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2010

The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Redisplay of the Photography Collection, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Past Forward: Marking Time in Recent Photography, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Exposed: Today’s Photography/Yesterday’s Technology, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA
Elemental, photo-eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Edges of Light: Explorations of the Photographic Process, ArtsBenicia, Benicia, CA
State of Mind: A California Invitational, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
An Autobiography of the San Francisco Bay Area Part 2: The Future Lasts Forever, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
Burning Desire, Michael Mazzeo Gallery, New York, NY
2009

Surface Tension: Contemporary Photographs from the Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography, Aperture Gallery, NY
10 × 10 × 10: An Invitational Exhibition, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Transmutations, Michael Mazzeo Gallery, NY
Landmark, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Keeping Time, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA
2008

Landscape/Other, Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, CA
People & Places, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
Each Sun, Togonon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Grace, PEER Gallery, New York, NY
Mineral, Hous Projects, New York, NY
Sunburn, The Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, TX
2007

Time Tracers, Center of Photography, Woodstock, NY
Sunburn, Houston Center of Photography, Houston, TX
Strange Weather, David Cunningham Projects, San Francisco, CA
Sunburn, Burien Art Gallery, Burien , WA
Sunburns and Platinum Work, Moab Art Works, Moab, UT
Lucky Day, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006

Sunburned & Waterlogged, Gallery of Urban Art, Oakland, CA
Eyewitness II, UC Berkeley School of Journalism, Berkeley, CA
Platinum Places, Watermark Fine Art, Houston, TX
Outmoded, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Lost Out West, 19th & Union Gallery, Oakland, CA
Contemporary Landscape, Baxter/Chang/Patri Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
The Family Farm, San Francisco International Airport Museum, CA
2005

Romancing the Shadows, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
Contemporary American Photography, Internationale Fototage Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Germany
Vital Signs, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
The Family Farm, Watermark Fine Art, Houston, TX
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
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
2014

Emerging Icon in Photography, George Eastman House, International Museum of Film and Photography, Rochester, NY
2008

New Works Grant, Andy Warhol Foundation / SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
2007

Alternative Exposure Grant, Andy Warhol Foundation / Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
1996

Honorable Mention, Photo Metro, Photography Contest Issue
1992

John Long Memorial Photography Scholarship, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Crocker Art Museum Sacramento, CA
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography, Rochester, NY
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Arty, Kansas City, MO
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
2016

Knoblauch, Loring. “Chris McCaw, Direct Positive @ Yossi Milo.” Collector Daily 28 March 2016.
Latimer, Bronwen. “Artistry and chemistry: A new way to look at the old practices of photography.” Washington Post. 28 March 2016.
Bourland, Ian. “Critics’ Picks.” Artforum 18 March 2016.
Newman, Clemency. “A Heliocentric Fixation.” Guide to Unique Photography 48. 2016.
2015

Harren, Natilee. “Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography,” Artforum. September 2015
Harlan, Becky. “When the Sun Burns a Hole in Your Photo.” National Geographic: Proof 18 June 2015
Ollman, Leah. “’Light, Paper, Process’ an inventive subversion of photography,” Los Angeles Times 1 May 2015
Adamek, Pauline. “’Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography’ at the Getty – Los Angeles photo exhibition review.” Arts Beat LA 30 April 2015
Schoener, Allon. “Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography at The Getty.” Cultural Weekly 30 April 2015
Wallis, Brian. “’Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography.’” ArtForum 2015
Riefe, Jordan. “Lights! Camera! Bodily Fluids! Photographers bend the rules.” The Guardian 17 April 2015
Keats, Jonathon. “Darkroom, Redux? Chemistry Bests Megapixels at the Getty’s New Photography Show.” Forbes 14 April 2015
Dillon, Stephen. “Photographer Chris McCaw Uses the Sun to Burn Its Own Image.” Artsy 27 February 2015
Burgett, Gannon. “A look into the life and work of ‘Sunburn’ photographer Chris McCaw.” Imaging Resource 2 February 2015
2014

“Images of a Generation: 25 Year Timeline of What Mattered Most in Photography.” American Photo 15 December 2014
Wender, Jessie. “What Does A Photograph Sound Like?” The New Yorker, Photo Booth 30 July 2014
Hirsch, Robert. “Chris McCaw.” Transformational Imagemaking, Handmade Photography since 1960Focal Press, Waltham, MA [book]
2012

Johnson, Ken. “Chris McCaw: ‘Marking Time.’” The New York Times 28 December 2012
“Chris McCaw ‘Marking Time,’ Critics’ Pick” Time Out New York December 27 2012
“Chris McCaw.” The New Yorker 24 December 2012
Horne, Rebecca. “Sunburn Can Be a Beautiful Thing.” Discover Magazine 5 December 2012
Books, Candela. “The Best Books Of 2012.” PhotoEye Magazine, December 2012
Ollman, Leah. “Art Review: Astonishing photographs track the sun’s scorching path.” The Los Angeles Times 22 October 2012
George, Lynell. “Chris McCaw’s Scorched Photography.” Los Angeles Times 2012
Rose, Brian. “Photographer Chris McCaw, at De Anza College.” La Voz Weekly 21 March 2012
2011

Photo District News, June 2011
2010

Smyth, Diane. “Self-Made Men: Building Your Own Cameras,” British Journal of Photography, December
Prince, Andrew. “’Sunburn’ Photography, No SPF Necessary, NPR, The Picture Show, 15 November 2010
Kelly, Anne. “Chris McCaw on his Sunburn Series,” PhotoEye Blog, 12 October 2010
Polednik, Marcelle. “Chris McCaw and the Cutting Edge of Photography,” B&W Magazine, October 2010
View Camera Magazine, July/August 2010
Cheng, Dewitt. “Chris McCaw & Mario Giacomelli @ Stephen Wirtz,” Square Cylinder.com, 17 March 2010
Shumacher, Mary Louise. “Chris McCaw at Stephen Wirtz in San Francisco,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 March 2010
PQ, A Journal For Contemporary Photography, Number 99, Volume 25, 2010
Baker, Kenneth. “Giacomelli and McCaw at Wirtz,” San Francisco Chronicle, 27 March 2010
Moya, Laura. Critic’s Pick, Griffin Museum of Photography website, 2010
2009

“In the Sky: The Sunburn Series, 2007-2008, by Chris McCaw.” SeeSaw Online Magazine: Issue 11, Winter 2009
Stockdale, Douglas. Chris McCaw, Sunburn, Book Review, The PhotoBook, 8 December 2009
Ollman, Leah. “Black Hole Sun: Chris McCaw burns a photograph,” Art on Paper, May/June 2009
Artkopel Online French Publication
2008

Sempere, Thom. “Chris McCaw.” Cavallo Point 2008
George, Lynell. “Chris McCaw’s scorched photography.” Los Angeles Times 25 May 2008
2007

Daylight Magazine, Fall 2007
View Camera Magazine, July/August 2007
2005

7. International Fototage Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Das Bild Forum, Germany, 2005
2003

Recontres Photographiques Image/Imatge, Annexe H, 2003
2002

View Camera, Volume 15, Number 4, July/August 2002
2001

SF Camerawork Journal of Photographic Art, Volume 28, Number 2, 2001
2000

Raygun, September/October 2000
1998

Photo Metro, Issue 151, October 1998
1996

Photo Metro, Contest Issue, Honorable Mention. 1996
1994

Thrasher, August 1994
1992

Maximum Rock & Roll, March 1992