|Paul McGuirk’s photographs are far from grounded, but always steeped in reality. He set out to create his own legacy of wordless stories; photographs that often drove home larger cultural issues such as homelessness, poverty, the humorous and the magnificence of the human experience.
"Visual relationships can reveal conditions of a culture and this is optimally achieved through photographs. At times the appearance of someone or something in a photograph will make me laugh but upon closer examination I am exposing a more serious issue. I hope people will come away from my photographs inspired to look more intently at what goes on around them, to see the miracles and the madness that surrounds us each and every day."
From Sarajevo to Ethiopia, where he recorded the insanity of war and the unspeakable to New York, Orlando and anywhere USA, Paul has made it his mission to capture the moment in time that one would almost swear never existed.
Paul McGuirks photographs are included in a myriad of private collections and have been exhibited at the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn., and the Grey Gallery at NYU. In 2001 he was awarded a grant from the prestigious Andrea Frank Foundation founded in 1995 by Robert Frank for individuals and organizations willing to produce bold and vital work not readily supported in the commercial market place or by traditional funding sources. In the early 1990s Mr. McGuirk traveled extensively overseas documenting the harrowing hardships of people living and dying in Africa, Azerbaijan, Sarajevo, Haiti, Central America and the flood regions of the Republic of China.
Mr. McGuirk lives with his wife and business partner, Megan Lane, in Redding, Connecticut.