Dan McCormack studied Photography at the Institute of Design in Chicago where he studied with Aaron Siskind, Joseph Jacna, Wyn Bullock, and Arthur Siegel. He earned an MFA in Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He began photographing the nude with Wendy, his wife while in graduate school. Then for over fifty years, he explored various techniques and processes while photographing the nude as a central theme.
In 1982, Dan McCormack won an NYSCA-CAPS Photography Fellowship with a series of infrared nude images made of Wendy.
He had a solo exhibition celebrating the publishing of these images as his first monograph, “BODY LIGHT”.
In 1998 Dan began to work with pinhole camera photography. In 2009, he won the Ultimate Eye Foundation’s grant for Figurative Photography and had his work featured in an exhibition at the Peninsula Museum of Art in Belmont, CA.
In January 2010, Dan McCormack had a solo show at the Photography Center of the Capitol District in Troy, NY. He showed over fifty images from ten diverse series made from 1990 to 2010. In May 2013, Dan had a solo show at the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. In this exhibit, he showed 28 images from his “Nude at Home” series. In January 2016 he had a solo show of the “Nude at Home” series at the Beacon Artists Union in Beacon, NY, and in May of 2016,
Dan is a professor at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. He has been teaching photography here at Marist for over 30 years and he currently heads the film photography program.