Susan McCartney has been taking pictures since the age of 12 and studied fine art and graphic design at the Hammersmith College of Art in London and the Cooper Union in New York. She refined her photography and vision at master classes given by legends Richard Avedon, Alexey Brodovitch, Harold Kreiger, Walter Rosenblum, Melvin Sokolsky and Henry Wolf. She has a degree in photography from the New York School of Visual Arts.
Early in her career she worked in the international corps of guides at the United Nations headquarters and at various travel and art jobs until becoming a professional photographer.
McCartney has shot assignments in the U.S. and overseas for a diverse clientele including British Airways, the British Tourist Authority, Caravan Tours, Club Europa, the Irish Tourist Board, Lan Chile Airlines, the Economist, Glamour, House and Garden, Time, Travel and Leisure, the US Army, Varig Airlines and Warner Brothers Records. Her photos have been featured in Time, The Economist, Glamour, The New York Times, Life, Shutterbug and Woman's Day, among many other publications.
She has shown and talked about her work at the Smithsonian Institute as well as on public television and taught photography at Cooper Union and the School of Visual Arts. Her photos have been published in books, magazines and advertising around the world, and she has received awards from the Art Director's Club of New York and Communication Arts magazine.
McCartney is the author of several popular books on photography, including "Mastering the Basics of Photography", "Photographic Lighting Simplified", "Mastering Flash Photography", "Travel Photography", "Nature and Wildlife Photography" and "How to Shoot Great Travel Photos". She is currently working on a digital photography book. She currently lives and works in New York City.
Her vintage photographs of New York City and her daughter Caroline display a quirky quality and an eye for the unusual in the everyday. Most of her vintage images only exist in one or two prints.
McCartney is better known for her brash color travel work, but these black and white images of her adopted city and its inhabitants seem to reflect a sense of amazement, humor and gentle sympathy for her subjects that is rare. From the somberness of statuary in a Queens cemetary that she somehow imbues with life to the bizarre fake Santas on Houston Street to the loving images of her daughter growing up, McCartney takes it all in and with her photographs shares this unique vision with us all. Thanks, Susan.