Inspired and indebted to mythology, photographer Margaret McCarthy brings the eye of a poet to her photography. Neo-romantic in style, her work is inspired by the archetypes of myth and dream.
‘I want to reach the viewer on an intuitive level, with photographs that are visually, psychologically and spiritually compelling,’ she says. ‘My goal is to make images that bridge past and future, inner and outer worlds, art and commerce . My philosophy: Beauty in an ugly age is revolutionary.’
Her techniques include working with B&W infrared film, using images in sequences, and collage in order to create a sense of ‘otherworldliness’ and a mystical vision of the human imagination. Her landscapes capture a sense of the immanent divinity of the natural world, and its fecund creativity.
She has exhibited her photographs extensively, including the Fogg Art Museum, the Overseas Press Club and The Hudson River Museum, as well as numerous galleries, universities and public exhibition spaces. Her work has appeared in journals, publications and books, including WRITING ON WATER (MIT Press) PARABOLA Magazine, IN PRAISE OF THE MUSE: Women Artists Datebook, and COMBINATIONS: A JOURNAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY. Her work was the subject of an Adams-Russell Cable TV documentary, MARGARET McCARTHY PHOTOGRAPHS IRELAND.
McCarthy’s images have garnered clients as diverse as BMG Classics (the Bertelsmann Music Group), Narada World Music, Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co., and the New York Times Travel Section. Her photographs are also available through MIRA, the stock agency of Creative Eye, and Peter Arnold Inc. She is a member of ASMP, the American Society of Media Photographers.
A graduate of New York City’s School of Visual Arts, McCarthy has received fellowships from The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation and Hambidge Center for the Arts. The National Tourist Office of Spain, The Irish Tourist Board, The Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) and The Aegean Institute have supported her independent photographic projects all over the world.
An accomplished writer as well, McCarthy has published her poetry in numerous literary magazines and journals; her play about John Lennon, THE SACRIFICIAL KING, was given a New York City production by the World 3 Theatre Company. Her stage play DEIRDRE was recently presented at La Mama Theatre’s Experiments, NYC.