Photographer Dan McCormack: For forty-five years, McCormack has worked with figurative imagery, exploring processes and techniques and cameras. It was in 1998 that he began to explore working with the round pinhole camera, shooting both in the landscape and the studio and more recently, the nude in the home. McCormack received a BS in Photography from the Institute of Design in Chicago and an MFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Pinhole Camera Nudes: “I use the extreme wide angle distortions of the round oatmeal box pinhole camera and the digital colorizationsof B&W negatives to create a series of visceral images that probe the unconscious, stepping away from the literal reality and choosing instead to seek expressionism. Through successive pulling of curves, B&W values are replaced with color in separate channels that ultimately create the dreamlike state in the finished piece.
Industrial sites, homes, architecture, landscape or props are juxtaposed with the model in the camera and that juxtaposition triggers a response that I react to while colorizing. The resulting images range from the absurd to the profound and from gender issues to politics. This work is rooted in 16th Century with the pinhole optics and combined with the 21st Century digital print manipulations. With its solarization-like tone reversals and silkscreen-like color layering, these images are a hybrid of Photography and Digital Printmaking.”
To view more of Dan’s work, visit his website here.