Margaret McCarthy
Medium: Photography

Studio Location:
Reis Studios - Studio# 311
43-01 22nd Street


Artist Bio:
Margaret McCarthy was named among the "Best of the Best Emerging Fine Art Photographers 2016" by BW GALLERIST. ARTZEALOUS named her one of "Four Photographers To Keep Your Eye On In 2016". Inspired and indebted to mythology, she brings the eye of a poet to her photography.

McCarthy has exhibited her photographs extensively, including the Fogg Art Museum, The Overseas Press Club and The Hudson River Museum, as well as numerous galleries, universities and public exhibition spaces. Her "Divine Feminine" series is now part of The Kinsey Institute Art Collection.

Fine art publications where her work has appeared include: LENSCRATCH, MUSE Magazine, aCURATOR, LE JOURNAL de la PHOTOGRAPHIE, Elizabeth Avedon's Photography BlogSpot, ARTS AND LETTERS JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY CULTURE, WRITING ON WATER (MIT Press), PARABOLA Magazine, IN PRAISE OF THE MUSE: Women Artists Datebook, and COMBINATIONS: A JOURNAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY.

McCarthy has been awarded fellowship grants from The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Ragdale Foundation and The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences. A graduate of New York City's School of Visual Arts, she has served on its BFA Scholarship Awards Panel, and taught and mentored art students through The Great Lakes Colleges New York Arts Program.

She is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and its Fine Art Brain Trust, American Photographic Artists (APA), and American Photography Archive Group (APAG).

Artist Statement:
My work is inspired by archetypes of myth and dream. The female characters of myth are a special source of inspiration. My techniques include working with B&W infrared film, using images in sequences, and collage to create a sense of "otherworldliness". My personal vision is a transcendent vision of the human imagination. I want my landscapes to capture the genius loci or spirit of a place, and a sense of wonder at the fecund creativity of the natural world.

My goal: to make images that bridge past and future, inner and outer worlds, art and commerce. I want to reach the viewer on an intuitive level, with photographs that are visually, psychologically and spiritually compelling.

My philosophy: Beauty in an ugly age is revolutionary.

All images and text copyright Margaret McCarthy