Dan McCormack earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Photography at the Institute of Design in Chicago. He went on to an MFA in Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While a student there he Photographed his first nudes and that became his theme for his MFA Thesis. Dan earned his MFA degree in 1969.
Then for over fifty years, Dan continued exploring the theme of the NUDE with different techniques, processes, and cameras.
Around 1999, Dan began to explore the Pinhole Camera for almost twenty years. He shot 8x10 film in a homemade Pinhole camera using a Quaker Oats container. His project was “NUDE at HOME” and Dan’s exposures were two minutes, even while using a 650-watt studio lamp.
Around 2018 Dan began to explore the cell phone camera. The cell phone camera made making an image very spontaneous. He could make about fifty images in the time it would take to make one pinhole camera image. Because of this, he began to work with a 3x3 grid as he had many time-related images.
I began to make multiple images of a nude in a grid in 1967 while beginning my MFA Thesis in Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The thesis was an exploration of Set Theory math. In grids of 5x5, 8x8, or 10 by 10, I found numeric rules to order the photographs, not design or composition rules.
I came back to grids in 1992 when I combined 24 images made with the Nimslo Camera. Again later I created a series using a Grid with the Action Tracker Camera in 1999.
I have been photographing the nude for over 50 years, exploring different cameras, processes, and techniques. From the beginning of my work with the nude, I have been interested in making an image that says something, not being just a pretty image. I have been interested in the multiple images also from my graduate school explorations even before I began the thesis grid exploration.
Here I am organizing nine cell phone camera images into a 3x3 grid that explores sequences with line and form. This series speaks to my influences of the Bauhaus, formalism.