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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

    • 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
  • Group Exhibitions

    • 2015

      • Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
    • 2014

      • After Ansel Adams, Museum of Photographic Arts in 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 (CAM), Raleigh, OH
      • 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 with Sarah Charlesworth, 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, 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, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, 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, the 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, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
      • Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography, Aperture Gallery, NY [Traveled to Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ]
      • 10 x 10 x 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, 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, The Art Gallery, 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, International Fototage, Mannheim, 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
  • Collections

      • Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
      • Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
      • Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
      • Crocker Art Museum Sacramento, CA
      • Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
      • George Eastman House International Museum of Photography, Rochester, NY
      • Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
      • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
      • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
      • Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
      • Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO
      • The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
      • Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX
      • Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, 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, D.C.
      • University of Oregon, OR, Eugene, OR
      • Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
      • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  • Selected Bibliography

    • 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 1960
    • 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