Inspired and indebted to mythology, Margaret McCarthy brings the eye of a poet to her photography, exploring archetypes of myth and dream in her imagery. Particularly drawn to Celtic myth and landscapes of antiquity, she photographs with an intuitive reaction to the spirit or “genius loci” of a specific place.
Recent honors include American Society of Media Photographers BEST OF ASMP 2020, Honorable Mention in 2020’s 14th JULIA MARGARET CAMERON AWARD for Women Photographers and a Merit Award in the ALL ABOUT PHOTO AWARDS 2020. She’s been named among the “Best of the Best Emerging Fine Art Photographers” by BW GALLERIST Magazine and as a “Photographer to Watch” by ARTZEALOUS.
McCarthy’s extensive list of exhibitions include: the Fogg Art Museum, The Griffin Museum of Photography, the Overseas Press Club and The Hudson River Museum, as well as numerous galleries, universities and public exhibition spaces. Her “Divine Feminine” series is part of the Kinsey Institute Art Collection.
She has also documented the peace and social justice movements with her camera since 1980; she continues this ongoing project as American history unfolds.
A few of the fine art publications where her work has appeared include:
BW GALLERIST (Best of Best, 2016) ARTZEALOUS, (Photographers to Watch, 2016) Aline Smithson’s LENSCRATCH, SHADOW AND LIGHT Magazine, MUSEÈ Magazine, Julie Grahame’s aCURATOR, LE JOURNAL de la PHOTOGRAPHIE, Elizabeth Avedon’s Photography BlogSpot, University of Georgia’s ARTS AND LETTERS JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY CULTURE, WRITING ON WATER (MIT Press), PARABOLA Magazine and Nancy McCrary’s SOUTH X SOUTHEAST photomagazine.
McCarthy has been awarded fellowship grants from The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Ragdale Foundation and The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences. A graduate of New York City’s School of Visual Arts, she has juried its BFA Scholarship Awards Panel; she has taught and mentored art students through The Great Lakes Colleges New York Arts Program.
An accomplished poet, Margaret McCarthy’s poetry has been published in numerous literary magazines, journals and anthologies; her collection NOTEBOOKS FROM MYSTERY SCHOOL (Finishing Line Press, Georgetown, KY, 2015) was selected as a New Women’s Voices Award finalist.
McCarthy publishes a web broadside, A VISION AND A VERSE, www.avisionandaverse.com combining her imagery and poetry.