Dan McGarrah grew up near Philadelphia. Around age 10 he received an Instamatic Camera as a present, and he was hooked on photography from the beginning. Translating the view of an instant into a printed image was his kind of magic. While in high school Dan started using his fathers Kodak Retina rangefinder camera. In 1973 -74 Dan attended Rochester Institute of Technology as a photography major for 4 quarters. Then in 1978 he enrolled at Brooks Institute of Photography, in Santa Barbara, and graduated with a B.A. in 1981. From Santa Barbara he moved up to San Francisco and worked as an advertising photographer for many years, creating photo art as time would allow. Since mid-2017 photo art is Dan's full-time passion/pursuit.