Clay Patrick McBride
New York-based photographer Clay Patrick McBride began his visual training in the South of France, where he spent his late teens and early twenties studying painting and art history. He eventually turned his focus to photography, and moved to New York City in the early 1990s to attend the School of Visual Arts. While earning his BFA, McBride developed a style of portraiture that celebrated and empowered the subject with humor and honesty. His arresting portraits of top athletes and musicians like LeBron James, Allen Iverson, Norah Jones and Kid Rock have appeared in the pages of countless magazines, including Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Parade and XXL. Clay's commercial work includes dozens of album covers for Sony, Universal Music and Atlantic Records, in addition to print campaigns for Pontiac, Boost Mobile and Nike. The past two years have seen McBride delve into motion picture with a number of short film projects and music videos. Characterized by its stark beauty, surrealist imagery and a tendency towards experimentation, McBride's film work is an exciting and logical extension of his photography. Current productions include The Incredible Exploding Boy, an autobiographical feature that explores the thread between father-son relationships, insanity, and addiction. An artist truly enamored of the human spirit, McBride remains dedicated to producing images that capture the essence of identity and individuality.