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In my work I employ the materiality of photography to alter the way we perceive the world around us. These photographs are dependent upon the mechanics of the camera to create new modes of seeing. I am interested in subverting the assumptions we make about our reality by asking the viewer to relearn information about what they are looking at and not to rely on what they know. By manipulating the tools of photography I attempt to reveal a world we are not generally able to experience.

Through these altered states, I explore the human condition of seeking: our seemingly constant search outside of our everyday lives and ourselves for some greater meaning and access to the unknown. I am interested in my own preoccupation with another world and how through photography I can create this world and substantiate it. I have recently begun to make large-scale sculptures and installations. Harnessing and manipulating light, they are a physical manifestation of the concepts within my photographic work.


Lydia Anne McCarthy’s photographs have been exhibited widely, including Daniel Cooney Fine Art, Essex Flowers and the Scandinavia House in New York and ACRE Projects in Chicago. In 2012 she was included in the Humble Arts Foundation’s 31 Women in Art Photography at Hasted Kraeutler. Lydia’s work has been reviewed and published in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Dossier and the Huffington Post.  She received an American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship in 2011.  Lydia earned a BFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Links to further information, reviews, exhibitions, etc:
A Conversation with CPC Winner Lydia Anne McCarthy on Conscientious.
Reviews of ‘Refraction’ at Daniel Cooney Fine Art in the Huffington Post and the New Yorker.
After Murakami‘ Slide Show on Photo Booth, the New Yorker Photo Blog.
Unnatural Formations: Three Contemporary Photographers’ at the Scandinavia House in New York.
Review of ‘Unnatural Formations’ in the New Yorker.
‘Unnatural Formations’ on PDN’s Photo of the Day
Humble Arts Foundation’s ‘31 Women in Art Photography 2012‘ at Hasted Kraeutler in New York.
Light of Day: Photographs from the Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell’ at the Transformer Station in Cleavland.