Glenn McCurdy - Fine Artist

Glenn McCurdy

Elkins Park, PA - United States

 
 
 

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Glenn McCurdy

Elkins Park, PA - United States

Glenn McCurdy - Fine Artist

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About Glenn McCurdy

Both challenged and inspired by the brilliant images of French master Henri Cartier-Bresson while working for the Paris Herald Tribune in the 1960s, Glenn McCurdy's free-lance photography from Europe began appearing on magazine covers all over America. These early photos were used to illustrate freelance articles he wrote, articles that focused on a variety of subjects including the dropout 'generation' in France, European conmen who prey on tourists and the bizarre life of a Latin lover in Rome.
Bresson's gift underscored the power of a single image, captured at a critical moment. With this in mind McCurdy began to approach his craft with much more care. Limited funds, even when developing his own film, kept him to only 10 or 12 exposures each day using a medium format twin-lense Rolliflex. With every picture he tried to capture the right moment, with the best lighting and composition....frequently waiting hours for the existingl light to fully establish each scene. And the challenge became... would these images touch the heart and/or mind of an uninvolved observer?
He returned to the states and began a career in film for ABC television as a writer, director, shooter and producer based upon his still photography background. The influence of Bresson continued but now through the lenses of various 16mm movie cameras at 24 frames a second. During the 1970s the unit invented certain special effects like high-speed slow motion and subjective rides using retrofited World War II 'gun' cameras. Six documentaries won Golden Globe awards. Two films, 'Heavyweight Incorporated' a top rated primetime hour show on heavyweight champion Joe Frazier, and ''Winning on My Mind' which covered amateur auto racing, were named 'best ever done' in their specific sports, by Sports Illustrated and Car & Driver magazines respectively. During these years in film-making he had the honor and good luck of working with three Academy Award winners: Henry Fonda, Paul Newman and Jack Palance. After ABC he formed his own multi-media film company, Moments in Time. He also kept taking cover photos and writing for a variety of clients including almost every newspaper (weekly or daily) and magazine in the Philadelphia area. Several of these features, including one on the Beatles and another on a unique Ginness record-setting cyclist (wrong-way Wooten) won top honors in the annual Keystone Press competition.
A graduate in philosophy from Haverford College, he returned in the 1970s as an associate professor in fine arts, teaching courses in both photography and film-making. While building a passive solar 2nd home in N. Cape May during the 1990s he added Delaware Bay life to a growing collection of photographs. Today he lives in Elkins Park, Pa. and is married to Deborah, a retired teacher, ceramic artist and distance runner. They have three grown children and five grandchildren. After years of training they both qualified for and finished the Boston Marathon in under 3:30 before graduating to medium tri-athlons. All images in this collection are copy-writed and may not be used without written permission. For signed custom prints please contact the photographer.




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DECISIVE MOMENT PHOTO SHOW

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//Glenn-McCurdy.FineArtAmerica.com 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."