Inspired and indebted to mythology, photographer Margaret McCarthy brings the eye of a poet to her photography, exploring archetypes of myth and dream in her imagery.
Her artistic vision is a transcendent one, concerned with human imagination and spirit. Her landscapes capture mobile light and weather, conveying the fecund creativity of the natural world.
Her techniques include working with B&W infrared film, using images in sequences, and collage.
Her extensive career includes exhibitions at the Fogg Art Museum, the Overseas Press Club and The Hudson River Museum, as well as numerous galleries, universities and public exhibition spaces (See list of exhibitions). Her “Divine Feminine” series is now part of the Kinsey Institute Art Collection.
A few of the fine art publications where her work has appeared include: ARTZEALOUS ( “Photographer to Watch in 2016”), LENSCRATCH, MUSEÈ 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's images have garnered clients as diverse as BMG Classics (the Bertelsmann Music Group), Narada World Music, Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co., Westchester Gannett Newspapers and the New York Times Travel Section. She has also documented the peace and social justice movements of the last two decades with her camera.
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.
She is an active member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and its Fine Art Brain Trust Group, American Photographic Artists (APA), and American Photography Archive Group (APAG).
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.
An accomplished writer as well, Margaret McCarthy's poetry collection, NOTEBOOKS FROM MYSTERY SCHOOL was a finalist for the New Women’s Voices Award and published by Finishing Line Press in 2015. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary magazines and journals; her heightened language plays have been produced and presented in NYC.
Her e-publication A VISION AND A VERSE combines her imagery and poetry as an electronic broadside.