Chris McCaw

Marking Time
Chris McCaw, 2023
Chris McCaw: Marking Time
Publisher: Datz Press
Dimensions: 11.5 x 9 in.
Pages: 140
ISBN-13: 978-89-97605-61-3
$ 90.00



“Sunburn was a conceptual experiment and adventure in connecting time and analog photographic tools. …I continuously study what directions and shapes of sun trajectories I can obtain in various times and spaces on the Earth. I expect a magical scene to appear, but it is not just vague waiting. I study meticulously. To obtain the traces of the rising and setting sun, you must personally travel to that time and space. It cannot be manipulated. And I just love that process.” _Chris McCaw

Chris McCaw works with a manually modified large format camera, loading vintage photo paper in place of film, and letting the sun come through the lens to physically burn the paper. This analog photographic method holds the unique documentary aspects of photography, as it captures the day and night of a distinct time and place. The passage of time is also recorded on the vintage paper, marked through varying levels of sunlight throughout the day. This book is a compilation of McCaw’s diverse work from the past 20 years, featuring the significant “Sunburn” series along with his “Heliograph,” “Poly-Optic,” “Cirkut,” and “Tidal” series, allowing us to experience the full scope of his variations flowing as one body centered around the sun. 

Publisher, Datz Press (South Korea)

First Edition, 1,000 copies, 2023

Signed by the artist
11.5 x 9 in.

140 pages
Hardcover / Pentatone UV printing / Printed jacket
ISBN 978-89-97605-61-3



Chris McCaw’s photography is represented in many notable public and private collections including: George Eastman House International Museum of Photography, Rochester, New York; Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas; The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California. McCaw has also received a New Works Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation in 2008. McCaw lives and works in central California.