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David McGlynn

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David McGlynn is a photographer living and working in New York City. Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, he received a BFA from SUNY Purchase in 1979. Mr. McGlynn enjoys success as both a fine art photographer and as a professional commercial photographer. His specialty is photo collage, and he has been refining his unique style for the better part of three decades. He has shown his work at several group and solo shows, including the Alternative Museum, Queens Museum, Hudson River Museum, Luring Augustine Gallery and Broadway Windows. His work is included in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum - NYC; the Erie Art Museum - NY; the Midtown Y Photo Gallery - NYC; the Forbes Gallery Collection - NYC; and various private collections. In addition, he has been commissioned to create large-scale works for permanent installation for many clients, including Disney/ESPN Zone restaurants, Fox Network headquarters, and AT&T Corporate Headquarters. His work has appeared in publications including WIRED, Newsweek, Time, Money, Forbes, Vibe, ESPN, New York Times, Metropolis, Self, Traveler, and Metropolitan Home. Corporate and advertising clients include Miller Brewing Company, ‘Absolut McGlynn’ for Absolut Vodka, Kodak Funsaver cameras, Compaq, American Express, Disney, Dime Bank, F/X Cable, Polygram/Mercury Records, and the World Financial Center. Mr. McGlynn has received several awards including the following: American Photography Annual 7, 10, 11; Society of Publication Designers Annual 18, 23, 27, 28 and 30; Graphis Poster and Graphis Digital. Portfolio spreads of his artwork have been published in: Life Magazine, Popular Photography, Idea (Japan), Photo Magazine (France), and Photo District News.

I’ve been making photocollages for decades, pioneering in multiple-image panoramic photography, spanning a variety of urban and natural landscapes. Some are literal depictions, some more like visual maps, but I most enjoy creating quasi-surreal photographic landscapes. Many of my earlier collages were formed from different vantage points to create unexpected perspectives. These abstractly sculpted worlds follow their own eccentric visual logic. Exploring Google Earth is a natural next step for this work. I was initially drawn to the seemingly endless array of locations and imagery available. However, what sparked inspiration in the longer run is the exploration of what I’ll call “glitch points”: the surprising non-representational digital no-mans land that lurks at the edges of the Google Earth software’s coverage area. I am excited by crossing and bridging those lines between the representational and the abstract, the real and unreal, and look forward to continuing work on this series.