Reception and Gallery Talk: Sunday, March 4 from 6pm to 8pm
Photoworks Gallery in Glen Echo Park will present My Camera, My Voice: Photographs by Michael A. McCoy, a new exhibit by Baltimore native and two-time combat Veteran Michael A. McCoy, March 3 – April 8, 2018.
McCoy’s instinct for light and composition combines with his curious mind and engaging personality to produce tender yet powerful portraits of fellow veterans combating PTSD, individuals supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, men in barber shops, youth at play, and mothers and fathers with children. In other words, his portraits and his camera are his voice, and they speak of both the struggles and the joys of life after deployment.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Michael A. McCoy picked up a camera as a young teen, however it wasn’t until his two tours of duty in Iraq and the loss of his mother that McCoy took up photography as a means of focus, expression, and escape. His work has been featured in Time, Rolling Stone and The Baltimore Sun. In 2017, Time named McCoy one of the “12 African American Photographers You Should Follow Right Now.”
Forty years ago, in a derelict building hidden among the abandoned amusement park rides of Glen Echo Park, four young photographers founded Photoworks with little more than a shared passion for the daily work of seeing, shooting, and printing images of lasting beauty and artistic integrity.
The day-to-day collaboration, creative dialogue, and informal mentoring that led those artists to successful careers as fine art and commercial photographers established the values of experimentation and collegiality that define Photoworks today. Offering a diverse combination of educational programs, gallery exhibitions, and community initiatives, Photoworks is a vibrant and unique resource for student and professional photographers – an arts community in the very best sense of the word.
Photoworks offers photography classes for all ages. The gallery is open to the public Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm and Sundays from 1pm to 7pm.
Photoworks Gallery at Glen Echo Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo, MD.