“Exposed” Artist Profile: Chris McCaw

Chris McCaw, Sunburned GSP #360, 2009, Collection of David Pace and Diane Jonte Pace

Chris McCaw

Chris McCaw’s work is on view at the ICA in the exhibition Exposed: Today’s Photography/Yesterday’s Technology thru Sept 19, 2010.

The title of Chris McCaw’s Sunburn Series is entirely literal. Setting up for long exposures in the Mojave Desert or by the San Francisco Bay, McCaw employs the most basic elements of the photographic medium: camera, lens and paper. He then lets his open lens work as a magnifying glass to focus the sun’s light onto paper negatives. The resulting images document a landscape transformed by long exposures of the sun traversing the sky, scorching and often burning its path completely through the photographic paper. Paradoxically, the intense daytime images read as nightscapes.

Chris McCaw received his BFA in photography from the Academy of Art, San Francisco in 1995 and studied photographic arts and film production at DeAnza College in the early ‘90s. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe and is in numerous public collections including SFMOMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Princeton University Art Museum. He has received numerous awards, including an Alternative Exposure Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. McCaw currently lives and works in San Francisco.