M I C H E L L E 7


Frank McAdam
Artist Statement: I am, for the most part, self taught as a photographer. I graduated from Fordham University in New York City on full academic scholarships; while a student there, I majored in English literature and minored in Asian philosophy and art history. After graduation, I taught myself basic photography from the Time-Life series of books. I also took a course in studio lighting taught by Bud Canarella at the School of Visual Arts as well as a course in Making the Fine Print taught by George Tice at Parsons School of Design.

After several years of working in "straight" black & white photography, I became interested in digital imaging and started experimenting with Photoshop. The computer truly opened my imagination to the possibilities of creative photography. At the same time, however, I realized that I could be just as creative with traditional photographic processes as I could with computer generated imagery. I went back to the darkroom and began printing again in black & white. This time, though, I printed from infrared negatives and also began to manipulate the prints to some extent through toning and the use of texture screens. I also began working with alternative processes, such as platinum printing and cyanotypes. 

I had been fascinated since college with the idea of yin and yang, the two elemental forces which the Chinese believe combine to form the entire universe. I now realized that photography could actually be seen in the same terms -- as images created from the interaction of the opposing forces of light and shadow. I began shooting the female nude as a pristine form emerging briefly into the light before disappearing again into the shadows, and I have continued with that same theme. There have been many great photographers whose work I have admired and to whom I owe a debt for enlarging my own vision. I feel that the greatest influence upon me, however, has been that of the surrealist photographers, particularly the German-born Hans Bellmer. His photographs of dolls, made while he was in hiding during the Nazi era, are quite different from my own work and yet have had a profound effect upon the way I view the female form. I was greatly influenced by a major exhibit of Bellmer's work several years ago at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York City. Not only were his photographs and artwork shown, but even the actual dolls he had used as models. It also traced the evolution of his work as it tested the boundaries of eroticism. 

Although I can trace my family's roots in New York City back to April 1848 when my great great grandfather, the first Frank McAdam, arrived in Manhattan and opened a shoemaker shop in Greenwich Village, I have full Irish citizenship and a valid EU passport. I intend to relocate to Europe, perhaps to Amsterdam, in the near future and there hope to more fully explore the limits of my art, even if such exploration ultimately takes me, as it did Bellmer, beyond the pale of acceptable convention.
Location: New York City, New York
Email: SurrealNYC@aol.com
Website: www.frank-mcadam.com 
8x10" prints on Luminos gelatin silver enlarging paper (generally Charcoal or Classic Warm Tone Pearl), sepia toned for increased archival permanence. I do not like to quote an exact price for prints, due to the fact that I also auction them on ebay, but the silver gelatin prints are generally in the $75 to $100 range, while palladium prints generally are in the $200 to $250 range.
06-04  Untitled Exhibit
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