TITLE: "Pinhole Camera - Nude at Home"
I use traditional 8 x 10 B&W film in a homemade oatmeal-box pinhole camera to create wide-angle distortions with the cylindrical focal plane. The familiar becomes unfamiliar, the ordinary, extraordinary. By then replacing the black-and-white values with subtle hues through successive pulling of curves in Photoshop, I interact with and interpret the image. I photograph the model nude in her own home, apartment, or studio, surrounded by her possessions. I use a 650 watt studio light but the exposures are two minutes and often movement by the model ruins the image. Ultimately it is the collaboration between model and photographer that makes an image successful. In making these images, I attempt to reveal an intimate portrait of the subject.
AUTHOR: Dan McCormack (United States)
Dan McCormack studied Photography at the Institute of Design in Chicago He earned an MFA in Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He began photographing the nude with Wendy, his wife while in graduate school. Then for over fifty years he explored various techniques and processes while photographing the nude as a central theme.
.In 1982, Dan McCormack won a NYSCA-CAPS Photography Fellowship with a series of infrared nude images made of Wendy. With that series, he produced a monograph, "BODY LIGHT-Passages in a Relationship" in 1989.
In 1998 Dan began to work with pinhole camera photography. In 2009, he won the Ultimate Eye Foundation’s grant for Figurative Photography and had his work featured in an exhibition at the Peninsula Museum of Art in Belmont, CA.
In January 2010, Dan McCormack had a solo show at the Photography Center of the Capitol District in Troy, NY. He showed over fifty images from ten diverse series made from 1990 to 2010. In May 2013, Dan had a solo show at the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. In this exhibit he showed 28 images from his “Nude at Home” series. In January 2016 he had a solo show of the “Nude at Home” series at the Beacon Artists Union in Beacon, NY and in May of 2016, Dan had another show with newer images of the “Nude at Home” series at the Arts Upstairs Gallery in Phoenicia, NY.
Dan was one of the three founders of the Center for Photograpphy in Woodstock in 1975
and in 1989 he was a founding member of Gallery 3 in Philadelphia, PA.
Dan is a professor at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. He has been teaching photography here at Marist for 30 years and he currently heads the film photography program.
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