As an editor for the Paris Herald Tribune in the 1960s, filmmaker-photographer Glenn McCurdy discovered the world of legendary French Master, Henri Cartier-Bresson. From then on he became a student of this 'critical moment' philosophy. Soon his free-lance images from Europe began to appear all over America, used to illustrate the feature articles he wrote for the Sunday magazine market. These articles focused on a variety of subjects such as the dropout 'generation' in France; European conmen who preyed on tourists and the comic charisma of a 'typical' Latin lover on the streets of Rome.
Bresson stressed the potential power of a single photographic image, if taken precisely. 'I tried to apply this new perspective, this new philosophy to every opportunity, often waited for the natural existing light to fully enhance such a 'possibility'. For me the challenge became...would and/or could these images touch the heart of an uninvolved observer many years in the future?'
A few months after his return to the states, was hired by the film syndication unit of ABC television as a writer, director, cameraman and producer....with no experience at any of these jobs and without even (obviously) a sample reel. He was hired on the basis of a collection of published writing and still photos. The influence of Bresson continued but now in the world of cinematography. During the 1970s the film unit, began to invent and produce several new special effects such as high-speed slow motion and 'subjective' points of view using retrofited World War II 'gun' cameras. Six of these documentaries won Golden Globe awards and two were recognized as 'best ever done'' in their particular sports. 'Heavyweight Incorporated' (featuring the life of heavyweight champion Joe Frazier) and 'Winning on My Mind' (focused on amateur auto racing drivers) were named 'best ever done' on their specific sports, by both Sports Illustrated and Car & Driver magazines respectively. Yet another ('The Time Machines') became a cult film in the world of drag racing.
During these years McCurdy had the honor of directing and writing scripts for three Academy Award winners: Henry Fonda, Paul Newman and Jack Palance. After the film syndication was phased out by ABC, he formed his own multi-media film company, Moments in Time. His photos and feature articles continued to appear in newspapers throughout the region. Two of these features, including coverage of The Beatles and another on a record-setting cyclist (wrong-way Wooten) won top honors in the annual Keystone Press competition.
A graduate in philosophy from Haverford College, he joined the faculty there the 1980s as an associate professor in fine arts, creating the college's first teaching darkroom while teaching courses in both still photography and film-making. While building a passive solar home in N. Cape May during the 1990s he added Delaware Bay life to his growing collection of special photographs. Today he lives in Elkins Park, Pa. and is married to Deborah, a retired teacher, and successful ceramic artist. and distance runner.