A Tanne Foundation Award Winner in recognition for his fine art photographic portraiture, Stratton McCrady is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in photography.
Centered in the performing arts, McCrady’s photos study the myriad complexities of people, and their cravings for self expression. In every way, his portrait making process promotes interactions with his subjects, embracing open expressions of gender, sexuality, advocacy, and shared control of power dynamics.
His recent portrait project titled, Acting Out; Performances, Debaucheries, and Lies, explores the world of contemporary Burlesque. In essential ways, these particular compositions thrive on surprises discovered when the performers decided which elements they would contribute to the artistic process that included locations, props, costumes, and personal themes.
Portraits from this project often expose a core truth in photography; that photographs will express meanings and evoke feelings, diverging from what either party may or may not have thought or believed at the time of their making.
McCrady continues to make portraits, still life, environmental, and documentary images throughout the New England performing arts scene, often photographing live theatre, dance, and classical music with young artists at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute.
He has exhibited work at the Stove Factory gallery in Charlestown, MA, The Institute of ContemporaryArt in Portland, ME, at Ube Art in Berkeley, CA, and at JanKossen Contemporary in New YorkCity.
His images have appeared regularly in The Boston Globe, and in publications such as Take Magazine, Strings Magazine, Maine Women Magazine, as well as, for marketing and advertising at Speakeasy Stage Company, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, McLain Hospital, Boston Latin Academy, Suffolk University, Tufts University, Boston University, and in various capacities for other corporate clients.
Currently, he focuses on a new project titled, Kindred Issue, which deconstructs the role of several generations of the McCrady Family from 19th through 20th century Charleston, SC and Sewanee, TN political, cultural, educational, and social landscapes.