Craig McCord, originally from Jacksonville, Florida, concentrates on fine art landscape photography. His interest in photography started in the early 1970’s after acquiring a used Petri 35mm camera and gaining access to a dark room while serving in the Air Force. Craig quickly developed an ever-increasing passion for photography as a means of creative expression. Over the years he has developed his artistic skills using 35mm, 645 and 6x7 medium format, and 4x5 large format media, before making his transition to digital capture in 2006.
Largely self-taught, McCord was influenced by black and white photography icons Ansel Adams, and John Sexton, and the color greats Elliot Porter and David Muench. Their influence molded his artistic eye and approach to subject matter. McCord’s style evolved showing a fondness for wide angle perspectives. He often incorporates strong foreground elements to add a measure of depth, drawing the viewer into the image. While having a certain fondness for landscapes of the west and northwest, he believes the United States overall is blessed with some of the most diverse and beautiful landscape in the world.
Presently residing in Bates City, Missouri, McCord focuses entirely on his fine art work and instructing other photographers in pursuit of their passion. Selections of his work reside in collections in several states and throughout Missouri. His images of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways were selected by the National Park Service to help highlight their celebration of the Park System’s centennial celebration in 2016.
Craig currently hosts workshops in Missouri and Kansas, as well as several in the Northwest, including the Oregon coast and the Grand Tetons in Wyoming.