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Glenn McCurdy - Fine Artist

Glenn McCurdy

Elkins Park, PA - United States








Glenn McCurdy

Elkins Park, PA - United States

Glenn McCurdy - Fine Artist

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About Glenn McCurdy

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.


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Elkins Park, PA - December 19th, 2012

THE FRAME HOUSE HOSTS 'DECISIVE MOMENT' PHOTOS A collection of images taken by local filmmaker and photographer Glenn A. McCurdy is on display at The Frame House in Elkins Park. The exhibit, entitled “The Decisive Moment”, was selected from the artist's 50 year career that began in the 1960s when he worked in Paris for the Herald Tribune. Among the photos are unique images of President Barack Obama's first campaign during a whistlestop tour of Philadelphia's Main Line and a signed 1971 photo of Philadelphia boxing legend Joe Frazier winning the heavyweight title in Madison Square Garden. “French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson described his work as an ongoing search for the 'decisive moment',” said McCurdy. “This collection represents the results from my own efforts to capture that special image.” Following his career in Paris where he became est...

Glenn McCurdy Featured At Cheltenham Camera Club

Elkins Park, PA - September 14th, 2012

The opening program of the new season at the Cheltenham Camera Club in suburban Philadelphia on Wednesday, Sept. 19th at 7:30 p.m. will feature internationally recognized photographer and film-maker Glenn McCurdy of Elkins Park. McCurdy's subject will be "Making The Move From Snapshots to Fine Art Images: Enhancing Your Skills." Challenged by the brilliant work of French master Henri Cartier-Bresson while working for the Paris Herald Tribune in the 1960s, McCurdy's free-lance photo-journalism soon began appearing in Sunday magazine's all over America. His articles focused on a variety of subjects from the dropout generation in France to European conmen who preyed on tourists to the bizarre latin lover life found on the street of Rome.Constantly challenged by Cartier-Bresson's "critical moment" approach McCurdy became much more aware of the flaws in his own work. Limited f...

Photo By Glenn McCurdy Featured

Elkins Park, PA - December 21st, 2011

A photograph featured in Glenn McCurdy's "Bresson in America" Gallery at http// entitled "Seattle Street Music" will be among the works on display at the 71st Annual Members Exhibition held at the Cheltenham Center for The Arts, 439 Ashbourne Rd, Cheltenham, Pa., from Sunday, Jan. 8th, 2011, to Sunday, Feb. 5, 2011. An opening reception for all participants is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 8th from 1-5 p.m. A lifelong photographer influenced by the work of French master Cartier-Bresson, McCurdy also had a long career as a documentary filmmaker at ABC-TV syndication where he and an outstanding team of editors and cameramen won a total of five Golden Globe awards for a variety of films that included an hour special on the late boxing legend Joe Frazier. In a review prior to its' release Sport Illustrated called the prime time special, "the best documentary on boxing...ever."