Biography

 

Gerry McCann is one of Scotland's leading photojournalists. Although based in Glasgow, he has covered major events in Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, Romania, Nepal, Gaza, West Bank, The Philippines, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Spain.

His powerful and thought-provoking images have appeared in major publications including The Herald, Scotland On Sunday, The Times, The European, The Independent on Sunday, Japan Today, The Economist, The Observer, Der Spiegel, The Globe and Mail, and The Guardian.

McCann's images have also appeared in books and in educational publications based on the curriculum, on CD-Roms, and on the web. He has been associated with The Times Educational Supplements for fifteen years. His exhibition "The Best Years...?" toured Scotland to critical acclaim in 1993 and 1994.

Gerry McCann has been involved in the application of new technology to photography since 1994. He is currently using his skills in electronic imaging to create digital solutions for corporate as well as editorial clients.

Gerry's been around long enough to know that there are many influences on his work, as he says, "Don McCullin fired me with indignation at life's injustices and the power of an image to pull us up. Flanked in years by Eugene Smith and Sebastiao Salgado, he created a tradition of monochrome photojournalism that defies complacency.

"I admit that I've tried to copy the weird and compelling compositions of Gilles Peress. My failure is maybe in trying too hard.

Ernst Haas informs my colour work and I try to make pictures that have a heart.His successor is William Allard who introduced me to the art of 'playing around with cameras'. But there's also Alex Webb who knows how to get tension and menace into great slabs of colour.

"Some books impress me greatly. The Desert, by Raymond Depardon and others is genius in the sense that the subject succeeds in overwhelming technique and personality.

"And then there is Tim Page. In The Mindful Moment he exposes all his pain and poetic outrage at the generals and bureaucrats. You can almost see him shaking a fist at the long-gone B-52s, from a foxhole in a Cambodian paddyfield. He loves the peasants and the GIs in equal measure. He has given almost everything and he keeps saying he's broke. His pictures look like they're taken on a Leica with a mind of its own. But they're great. Thanks Tim"