Chris has been getting his hands wet in the darkroom from the age of 13, and since then he has been unable separate his personal life from his photographic life. In a constant state of production of photographic work from that early age, he continues to be excited about the medium.
The early years involved self taught explorations in skateboarding/ zine /punk scenes with a fisheye lens the mid-late 80’s. After high school he learned everything he could about photography. Finally he fell in love with the simplicity of large format cameras, and in 1992 got his first 4”x5”. The following year he fell in love with the platinum/palladium printing process and even larger cameras. To this day Chris makes his living through the platinum/palladium process. Currently he’s working the boundaries of analogue photographic
Born 1971, Daly City, California, USA
Lives and works in Pacifica, CA
1995 BFA, photography, Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA.
1990 De Anza College, Cupertino, CA. Studies-photographic arts, film production
Brilliantly calculated long exposures of the sun, made with paper negatives in a custom-made large format camera, force the sun to physically burn a trace of its arc into each photograph by American photographer Chris McCaw. His new book is our favorite photobook of 2012.
Listen to the artist talk about making his 7" x 17" platinum contact prints for the 21st century.