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CV:

b. 1988 - Richmond, Virginia 

 

Education:

2019 - MFA (Visual Arts) Columbia University, New York, New York

2017 - MA (Multi-Platform Journalism) Fordham University, Bronx, New York

2015 - BA (Visual Arts & Communications) Fordham University, New York, New York

 

Solo Exhibitions: 

2018 - 

SoHo Photo Gallery - New York, New York, American Beauty

2017 -

El Museo de Los Sures - Brooklyn, New York, Last Glimpse of Los Sures

2016 -

Ildiko Butler Gallery - New York, New York, American Beauty, curated by Susan Kismaric

 

Group Exhibitions: 

2018 -

Time Square Space - New York, New York, Columbia MFA Summer Show, curated by Sara O'Keeffe

Wallach Gallery: Lenfest Center for the Arts - New York, New York, MFA Visual Arts 2018 First Year Exhibition, curated by Natalie Bell

2017 - 

Getty Images Gallery - London, United Kingdom, Renaissance Photography Prize, (Juried - Shortlisted)

Candela Books + Gallery - Richmond, Virginia, UnBound6!, curated by Gordon Stettinius & Ashby Nickerson (Juried)

Black Box Gallery - Portland, Oregon, Portraiture: Mirror Mirror, curated by Amy Arbus (Juried)

International Print Center New York - New York, New York, PRINTFEST 2017

 

2016 -

SoHo Photo Gallery - New York, New York, 12th Annual Alternative Processes Competition, curated by Miriam Leuchter

Getty Images Gallery - London, United Kingdom, Renaissance Photography Prize, curated by Clare Grafik, Dewi Lewis, Fiona Rogers, Fiona Shields, Fiona Rogers, Gem Fletcher, Marloes Krijnen, Melissa Dewitt, and Simon Roberts (Juried - Finalist))

Candela Books + Gallery - Richmond, Virginia, UnBound5!, curated by Gordon Stettinius & Ashby Nickerson (Juried)

Site:Brooklyn - Brooklyn, New York, A Point of View: Contemporary Photography, curated by Mitra Abbaspour (Juried)

Center for Photographic Art Gallery - Carmel, California, 2016 Members' Juried Exhibition, curated by Heather Snider (Juried)

Colorado Photographic Arts Center - Denver, Colorado, 2016 Members' Juried Exhibition, curated by Tim Wride (Juried - Honorable Mention)

Black Box Gallery - Portland, Oregon, Portraiture: Photography Now, curated by Todd Johnson (Juried)

Cotuit Center for the Arts - Cotuit, Massachusetts, Tripping the Light Fantastic: Excellence in Photography, curated by Rowland Scherman (Juried)

Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd, Virginia, 2016 Jax Juried Exhibition, curated by Stefani Fedor (Juried)

Ildiko Butler Gallery - New York, New York, What This Journey Breeds, curated by Anibal Pella-Woo & Amie Cunat

Greenpoint Gallery - Brooklyn, New York, Peoples Choice Salon Show, curated by Shawn James (Juried)

 

2015 -

Lipani Gallery - New York, New York, Veterans Photographers-Photographers Veterans, curated by Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock

Lipani Gallery - New York, New York, Time is Up!, curated by Carleen Sheehan

 

Publications:

America's Favorite Flies, John Bryan and Rob Carter - (Book)

Columbia University School of Arts - Student Spotlight Fall 2017 (Website)

Photographer'sFORUM, Portfolio Winner - September 2017 issue (Magazine)

Black Box Gallery - Portland, Oregon, Portraiture: Mirror Mirror (Book)

Photographer'sFORUM, Best of College & High School Photography 2016 (Book and Magazine)

Fordham Magazine, Fall 2016 (Magazine)

Photographer'sFORUM, Best of Photography 2016 (Book)

Style Weekly (Richmond, Virginia), Arts & Events July 2016 (Magazine)

One Second of Photographs Made by Eight People in Japan 2015-16, Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock (Book)

Black Box Gallery, Portraiture: Photography Now 2016 (Book)

Getty Images Gallery - London, United Kingdom, Renaissance Photography Prize 2016 (Catalog)

Getty Images Gallery - London, United Kingdom, Renaissance Photography Prize 2017 (Catalog)

Center for Photographic Art, 2016 Members' Juried Exhibition (Catalog)

Colorado Photographic Arts Center, 2016 Members' Juried Exhibition (Catalog)

 

Awards:

Photographer's FORUM Magazine: Best of College & High School Photography 2016 (Series Winner)

Renaissance Photography Prize: 2017 (Shortlisted)

Photographer's FORUM Magazine: Best of College & High School Photography 2016 (Honorable Mention)

Renaissance Photography Prize: 2016 (Finalist)

Photographer's FORUM Magazine: Best of Photography 2016 (Finalist)

Siena International Photography Awards: 2016 (Finalist)

Colorado Photographic Arts Center: 2016 Members Juried Exhibition (Honorable Mention)

 

Curatorial Projects:

Ildiko Butler Gallery - New York, New York, What This Journey Breeds (2016)

 

Teaching/Work:

Columbia University - Photography Fellow (2018)

Columbia University - Teaching Assistant (2017-2019)

Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs - Marketing Assistant (2016-2017

Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership - Media Manager (2014-2016)

Refugee Immigrant Fund - Photographer (2014-2016)

 

Press:

Finally, there are photographs that speak to the human condition...James McCracken has photographed strangers...In McCracken’s “American Beauty” (2016), a large, bearded and shirtless man sports a tattoo across his belly, which doubles as the title of the photograph. He stands in front of an Airstream trailer, with his belongings alongside it. At its core, it is simple portraiture. But there’s something more intriguing: It’s the small hint of a story or an invitation to enter into the photograph and experience the lives of the subject or the maker.

Like the other strong photographs in the exhibition, McCracken asks the viewer to muse about the gaps and fill in the absences.
— Style Weekly (Richmond, Virginia)

https://arts.columbia.edu/news/va-student-spotlight-james-mccracken-%E2%80%9819

http://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/candelas-fifth-annual-unbound-exhibition-favors-the-human-form-and-feminism/Content?oid=2348877

http://pfmagazine.com/wp-content/plugins/p-gallery/index.php?level=picture&id=51432

http://news.fordham.edu/arts-and-culture/butler-gallery-iiha-story-stoelker/

http://www.renaissancephotography.org/2016-single-image-finalists/

http://pfmagazine.com/2017/magazine/back-issues/fall-2017-vol-39-no-4/

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