McCormack Dan

McCormack Dan

Biography of Dan McCormack

I studied Photography from 1962 - 1967 at the Institute of Design in Chicago  ( the New Bauhaus ) and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1967 to 1970.
I began photographing the nude with Wendy, my wife, while in graduate school. Then for almost fifty years I have explored various techniques and processes while photographing the nude as a central theme.
In 1976, I joined the Board of Directors of the Catskill Center for Photography and served as Vice President of the Board for ten years.
One of my responsibilities was the installation of every exhibit during those formative years.
I have taught photography at Purdue University, Pratt Institute, SUNY New Paltz, Bard College, Ramapo College and  Mercy College before I came to Marist College twenty-eight years ago.
I currently head the film photography program at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
In 1998 I began to work with pinhole photography. I use an oatmeal box pinhole camera to make 8x10 inch B&W negatives.
With its extreme wide angle and distortion, the camera gives me results that are constantly a surprise. I develop the B&W negatives, scan them into Photoshop, and then colorize the image by pulling curves in each of the channels.
I make an images rooted in 16th Century pinhole optics juxtaposed with 21st Century digital print manipulations.
In January 2010 I had a solo show at the Photography Center of the Capitol District in Troy, NY.
I showed over fifty images from ten diverse series made from 1990 to 2010. In May 2013 I have a solo show, “Nude at Home”, twenty-six images made from 2003 to 2012 at the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.  
Next I have a solo show at the Beacon Artists' Union in Beacon,NY  in the Beacon Room showing the “Nude at Home” series in January 2016 and newer work from the series at the “Arts Upstairs Gallery” in Phoenicia, NY in June, 2016.
To celebrate the publishing of my Blurb book “Nude at Home”  I exhibited many of my pinhole camera images in another solo show at the  Photography Center of the Capitol District  in May 2018.

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