ABOUT ROBERT McCABE
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ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Robert McCabe was born in Chicago in 1934 and grew up in the New York City area. His father worked for a picture newspaper in New York, and as the result of the gift of a Kodak Baby Brownie McCabe started taking photographs when he was five. His earliest quest was for newsworthy photographs and he gathered images of hurricanes, drownings, and auto and train accidents. His interests shifted to people, still life, and landscapes during three years in western Massachusetts where little of dramatic interest occurred.
His first photographs of Europe were the result of a trip in 1954 to France, Italy, and Greece while he was an undergraduate at Princeton. He returned to Greece in 1955 and 1957 via freighter from the U.S. and traveled extensively in the Aegean, shooting with a Rolleiflex and Plus-X film. In 1957 he took a series of color photographs in the Greek Islands at the request of the National Geographic Society.·
His black and white photos were first exhibited in 1954 and 1955 at Firestone Library at Princeton, and in a traveling exhibition, which ensued. During this period he also appeared on television with Ambassador George Melas giving a photographic tour of Greece. In 1967 a selection of photographs was exhibited at the Olympic Gallery (now Olympic Tower) in New York under the auspices of Spyros Skouras. The publication of his first book Metamorphosis was in 1979.
In recent years his images have been displayed at the Art Association in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in New York; The Hellenic Centre in London; and in Greece at exhibitions in Athens, Salonica, Patras, Santorini, Monodendri, Poros, Corfu, Patmos, and Anatolia College. In 2008, in the framework of Mois de la Photo, he exhibited a selection of photographs of Greece at Galerie Sit Down in Paris, France.
His bestselling book, Greece: Images of an Enchanted Land 1954-1965 was published by Quantuck Lane Press in the U.S. and by Patakis Editions in Greece. It is in its fourth printing. ·His photos of Greece have also appeared in numerous books by other authors.
A trip to Havana, Cuba in 1998 resulted in a book of color photographs, Weekend in Havana: An American Photographer in the Forbidden City, published in 2007 by Patakis and Abbeville Press. Those images were also the basis for exhibitions in Athens and Salonica.·
A selection of photographs taken during the 1950s in France, Canada, Italy, Greece, the U.S., and Antarctica entitled, On the Road with a Rollei in the '50s, was published in the summer of 2007 by Patakis. It coincided with the exhibition held in Monodendri, Greece from August 2007 through July 2008 at the Rizarios Photography Exhibition Center. Another album of his images of Greece was published to coincide with his November 2008 exhibition in Paris. It is entitled Grèce: les années d'innocence and was published by Editions Filigranes.
His book of photographs of Antarctica taken in 1959 was published in 2010 under the title DeepFreeze: A Photographer's Antarctic Odyssey in the Year 1959 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the attainment of the South Pole. ·In April 2011 his book, The Ramble in Central Park: A Wilderness West of Fifth was published by Abbeville Press. It was the winner in 2012 of the ForeWord Gold Medal for Best in the Nature category of 2011 books. In October 2012 through Patakis Publishers McCabe released China-Greece: Ancient People, Changing Worlds in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name which ran from October 2012 through September 2013 at the Museum of Asian Art on the island of Corfu, Greece. The book presents 130 color photographs of these two countries illustrating the rapid changes that have, and are taking place in each. In July 2013 Patmos: Pathways of Mystery, was published to coincide with an exhibition of the same name at The Old School in Chora, Patmos. The book included 25 photographs selected from the show’s images in an attempt to show a slowly vanishing Patmos. It was also published by Patakis Publishers.
McCabe’s most recent book, Mycenae 1954: High Noon was released in November 2014. Currently McCabe is working on photo selection for an upcoming exhibition at the Athens Gallery in early 2015.
McCabe’s photographs are represented by galleries in the U.S., France, and Greece.