Bio

b. Daly City, CA, 1971

EDUCATION

1995

B.F.A. Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA

1990

De Anza College, Cupertino, CA

Solo Exhibitions

2016

Direct Positive, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY

2012

Marking Time, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY

2011

Ride into the Sun, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010

Sunburned, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008

New work from the Sunburn Project, Michael Mazzeo Gallery, NY

Sunburn, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA

Sunburns, Duncan Miller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2003

Powerhouse, Family Farm and Travelogue, Image/Imatge Gallery, Orthez, FR

Group Exhibitions

2017

Haeusslein, Allie. “Catching Light.” Foam Magazine Issue 49 2017

Ollman, Leah. “Rematerializing Photography.” Art in America 1 June 2017

Wong, Sam. “Solar time lapse burns through film to create a unique look.” New Scientist 17 May 2017

Dark Room, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY

Sea Views, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Phenomenon, Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA

The Basilisk, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Low Fidelity: The Action of Light, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA

2016

A Matter of Memory: Photography as Object in the Digital Age, George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY

Retro-spective: Analog Photography in a Digital World, MOCA, Jacksonville, FL

The Sun Placed in the Abyss, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

Berkeley Eye: Perspectives on the Collection, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA

I Am the Sun, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, ILn the Digital Age, George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY

Touch the Sky: Art and Astronomy, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

This is a Photograph, Penland Gallery, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

Defying Darkness: Photography at Night, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA

Look Inside: New Photography Acquisitions, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin, TX

2015

Photography and the Scientific Spirit, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Acquired with the Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2014

Modern Alchemy: Experiments in Photography, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY

After Ansel Adams, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA 

2013

Reality Check, Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

With a Trace: Photographs of Absence, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH

Currents: Photographs from the Collection of Allen Thomas Jr., Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, NC

Landmark: The Fields of Photography, Somerset House Trust, London, UK

Light Sensitive: Photographic Works from North Carolina Collections, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC

2011

Sun Works, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

Bending the Light, Oakland International Airport Exhibition, Oakland, CA

Heavens: Photographs of the Sky and Cosmos, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

Seeing is Knowing: the Universe, Perlman Teaching Museum, Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Out of the Dark Room, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

Pure Photography, Post Production and Mixed Media, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

California Continued: New Approaches in West Coast Photography, Smith Anderson North, San Anselmo, CA

EcoArchive: Meditations on Time and Nature, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Open Season, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC

2010

The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Redisplay of the Photography Collection, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Past Forward: Marking Time in Recent Photography, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Exposed: Today’s Photography/Yesterday’s Technology, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA

Elemental, photo-eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Edges of Light: Explorations of the Photographic Process, ArtsBenicia, Benicia, CA

State of Mind: A California Invitational, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA

An Autobiography of the San Francisco Bay Area Part 2: The Future Lasts Forever, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA

Burning Desire, Michael Mazzeo Gallery, New York, NY

2009

Surface Tension: Contemporary Photographs from the Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography, Aperture Gallery, NY

10 × 10 × 10: An Invitational Exhibition, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Transmutations, Michael Mazzeo Gallery, NY

Landmark, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Keeping Time, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA

2008

Landscape/Other, Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, CA

People & Places, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC

Each Sun, Togonon Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Grace, PEER Gallery, New York, NY

Mineral, Hous Projects, New York, NY

Sunburn, The Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, TX

2007

Time Tracers, Center of Photography, Woodstock, NY

Sunburn, Houston Center of Photography, Houston, TX

Strange Weather, David Cunningham Projects, San Francisco, CA

Sunburn, Burien Art Gallery, Burien , WA 

Sunburns and Platinum Work, Moab Art Works, Moab, UT

Lucky Day, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006

Sunburned & Waterlogged, Gallery of Urban Art, Oakland, CA

Eyewitness II, UC Berkeley School of Journalism, Berkeley, CA

Platinum Places, Watermark Fine Art, Houston, TX

Outmoded, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

Lost Out West, 19th & Union Gallery, Oakland, CA

Contemporary Landscape, Baxter/Chang/Patri Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

The Family Farm, San Francisco International Airport Museum, CA

2005

Romancing the Shadows, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

Contemporary American Photography, Internationale Fototage Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Germany

Vital Signs, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

The Family Farm, Watermark Fine Art, Houston, TX

Travelogue, Fusion Artspace, San Francisco, CA

2004

Live Free or Die, Freewheel, San Francisco, CA

2003

Chris McCaw-American Photographs, Image/Imatge Gallery, Orthez, France

2002

Identity, San Francisco Main Library, San Francisco, CA

2001

SF Camerawork, Fine Print Collection, San Francisco, CA

Vivid, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA

2000

Timeless Light, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, OR

1999

Portraits, Bloom Studio, Oakland, CA

1998

Road Trip Documents, Spindler, San Francisco, CA

1995

Graduate show, Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA

1993

Friends of the South Bay Punk Scene, The Other Gallery, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA

1991

Infrared Views, The Other Gallery, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA

Awards

2014

Emerging Icon in Photography, George Eastman House, International Museum of Film and Photography, Rochester, NY

2008

New Works Grant, Andy Warhol Foundation / SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA

2007

Alternative Exposure Grant, Andy Warhol Foundation / Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

1996

Honorable Mention, Photo Metro, Photography Contest Issue

1992

John Long Memorial Photography Scholarship, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA

Selected Collections

Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA

Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

Crocker Art Museum Sacramento, CA

Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

George Eastman House International Museum of Photography, Rochester, NY

Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Arty, Kansas City, MO

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Selected Bibliography

2017

Singh, Iqvinder. “Homemade Cameras Use The Sun To Burn Photographs.” Juxtapoz 26 April 2017.

Sierzputowski, Kate. “Sunburn: Long Exposure Photographs With Markings Burned by the Light of the Sun.” Colossal 26 April 2017.

2016

Knoblauch, Loring. “Chris McCaw, Direct Positive @ Yossi Milo.” Collector Daily 28 March 2016.

Latimer, Bronwen. “Artistry and chemistry: A new way to look at the old practices of photography.” Washington Post 28 March 2016.

Bourland, Ian. “Critics’ Picks.” Artforum 18 March 2016.

Newman, Clemency. "A Heliocentric Fixation." Guide to Unique Photography 48. 2016.

2015

Harren, Natilee. “Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography,” Artforum. September 2015

Harlan, Becky. “When the Sun Burns a Hole in Your Photo.” National Geographic: Proof 18 June 2015

Ollman, Leah. “’Light, Paper, Process’ an inventive subversion of photography,” Los Angeles Times 1 May 2015

Adamek, Pauline. “’Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography’ at the Getty – Los Angeles photo exhibition review.” Arts Beat LA 30 April 2015

Schoener, Allon. “Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography at The Getty.” Cultural Weekly 30 April 2015

Wallis, Brian. “’Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography.’” ArtForum 2015

Riefe, Jordan. “Lights! Camera! Bodily Fluids! Photographers bend the rules.” The Guardian 17 April 2015

Keats, Jonathon. “Darkroom, Redux? Chemistry Bests Megapixels at the Getty’s New Photography Show.” Forbes 14 April 2015

Dillon, Stephen. “Photographer Chris McCaw Uses the Sun to Burn Its Own Image.” Artsy 27 February 2015

Burgett, Gannon. “A look into the life and work of ‘Sunburn’ photographer Chris McCaw.” Imaging Resource 2 February 2015

2014

American Photo 15 December 2014

Wender, Jessie. “What Does A Photograph Sound Like?” The New Yorker, Photo Booth 30 July 2014

Hirsch, Robert. “Chris McCaw.” Transformational Imagemaking, Handmade Photography since 1960 Focal Press, Waltham, MA [book]

2012

Johnson, Ken. “Chris McCaw: ‘Marking Time.’” The New York Times 28 December 2012

“Chris McCaw ‘Marking Time,’ Critics’ Pick” Time Out New York December 27 2012

“Chris McCaw.” The New Yorker 24 December 2012

Horne, Rebecca. “Sunburn Can Be a Beautiful Thing.” Discover Magazine 5 December 2012

Books, Candela. “The Best Books Of 2012.” PhotoEye Magazine, December 2012

Ollman, Leah. “Art Review: Astonishing photographs track the sun’s scorching path.” The Los Angeles Times 22 October 2012

George, Lynell. “Chris McCaw’s Scorched Photography.” Los Angeles Times 2012

Rose, Brian. “Photographer Chris McCaw, at De Anza College.” La Voz Weekly 21 March 2012

2011

Photo District News, June 2011

2010

Smyth, Diane. “Self-Made Men: Building Your Own Cameras,” British Journal of Photography, December

Prince, Andrew. “’Sunburn’ Photography, No SPF Necessary, NPR, The Picture Show, 15 November 2010

Kelly, Anne. “Chris McCaw on his Sunburn Series,” PhotoEye Blog, 12 October 2010

Polednik, Marcelle. “Chris McCaw and the Cutting Edge of Photography,” B&W Magazine, October 2010

View Camera Magazine, July/August 2010

Cheng, Dewitt. “Chris McCaw & Mario Giacomelli @ Stephen Wirtz,” Square Cylinder.com, 17 March 2010

Shumacher, Mary Louise. “Chris McCaw at Stephen Wirtz in San Francisco,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 March 2010

PQ, A Journal For Contemporary Photography, Number 99, Volume 25, 2010

Baker, Kenneth. “Giacomelli and McCaw at Wirtz,” San Francisco Chronicle, 27 March 2010

Moya, Laura. Critic's Pick, Griffin Museum of Photography website, 2010

2009

“In the Sky: The Sunburn Series, 2007-2008, by Chris McCaw.” SeeSaw Online Magazine: Issue 11, Winter 2009

Stockdale, Douglas. Chris McCaw, Sunburn, Book Review, The PhotoBook, 8 December 2009

Ollman, Leah. “Black Hole Sun: Chris McCaw burns a photograph,” Art on Paper, May/June 2009

Artkopel Online French Publication

2008

Sempere, Thom. “Chris McCaw.” Cavallo Point 2008

George, Lynell. “Chris McCaw’s scorched photography.” Los Angeles Times 25 May 2008

2007

Daylight Magazine, Fall 2007

View Camera Magazine, July/August 2007

2005

International Fototage Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Das Bild Forum, Germany, 2005

2003

Recontres Photographiques Image/Imatge, Annexe H, 2003

2002

View Camera, Volume 15, Number 4, July/August 2002

2001

SF Camerawork Journal of Photographic Art, Volume 28, Number 2, 2001

2000

Raygun, September/October 2000

1998

Photo Metro, Issue 151, October 1998

1996

Photo Metro, Contest Issue, Honorable Mention. 1996

1994

Thrasher, August 1994

1992

Maximum Rock & Roll, March 1992