Transcendental Concord, Photographs by Lisa McCarty, Texts by Rebecca Norris Webb and Kirsten Rian, Radius Books, Distributed by D.A.P., 2018

William Gedney: Only the Lonely, 1958-1983, Written and Edited by Gilles Mora, Lisa McCarty & Margaret Sartor, Editions Hazan (France) & University of Texas Press, 2017

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & SCREENINGS    ( * Indicates Solo Exhibition)


Transcendental Concord, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA*

No Time, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Grosskreisentfernung, Tête, Berlin, Germany

Punkt Linie Fläche Raum, Internationale Photoszene Köln, Cologne, Germany

Chronology: A People’s Ordering of Events, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY

Month of Photography Los Angeles Photobook Exhibition, Lucie Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

New Blood: Recent Discoveries from the Cassilhaus Collection, Cassilhaus, Chapel Hill, NC


Transcendental Concord, Eli Marsh Gallery, Amherst College, Amherst, MA*

IN VIVO: The Nature of Nature, Museum Belvédere, Heerenveen, the Netherlands

Across County Lines: Contemporary Photography from the Piedmont, Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC

Photosites, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY*

New Arrivals Photobook Exhibition, Lunder Arts Center, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

And Light Followed the Flight of Sound, Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA

Shared History, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Asheville, NC

Month of Photography Los Angeles Photobook Exhibition, Venice Arts, Marina del Ray, CA

Thinly Veiled, Cassilhaus Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC

Instant Gratification, Curated by Aint-Bad, Redux Contemporary Arts Center, Charleston, SC


Literary Spirits, Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, MA

Transcendental Concord, Thoreau Society Bicentennial Gathering, Concord, MA*

The Library: A Photobook Love Affair, Tête, Berlin, Germany

Debtfair (participating artist), a project of Occupy Museums, Whitney Biennial 2017, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Between the Medium, Curated by Mark Sink, RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Denver, CO

Portfolio Showcase 10: Looking and Seeing, Curated by Hannah Freiser, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

Instant Gratification, Curated by Aint-Bad, Atlanta School of Photography, Atlanta, GA

Instantaneous, Anchorlight, Raleigh, NC

Fall Line Fifty, Fall Line Press, Atlanta ,GA


2-Minute Film Festival, Carnegie Museum of Art & Row House Cinema, Pittsburgh, PA

Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival, Watershed Cinema, Bristol, UK

Jetzt los, geht's los oder is it the other way around?, Photographic Salon at Fotohaus, Curated by Kaetha, Arles, France

Lake Eden, Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center Interlude Festival, Asheville, NC*

Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Platform Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Haverhill Experimental Film Festival, The Tap, Haverhill, MA

Chicago Underground Film Festival, Logan Theater, Chicago, IL

Experiments in Cinema 11.4, Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, NM

UNX Fest, Unexposed Microcinema, Durham, NC

Automic, Curated by The Hand Magazine, Small Engine Gallery, Albuquerque, NM


Positioning Systems, Curated by Zach Nader, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Heart of Hawick, Hawick, Scotland

Das Kann So Gewesen Sein, Galerie Luzia Sassen, Bonn, Germany

Developer Drawings, Guthrie Contemporary, New Orleans, LA*

Prime Time, Asheville Art Musuem, Asheville, NC

Neo-Pre-Post-Contra-ParapAnti-Hyper-Pro-Trans-Ultra-Photography, Spectre Arts, Durham, NC

Griffin Museum of Photography 21st Annual Juried Exhibition, Juror: Jim Casper, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester,  MA

Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Union Theatre, Milwaukee, WI

Developer Drawings, Cassilhaus Gallery, Durham, NC*

Dateline 012, Dateline, Denver, CO

Houston Center for Photography 33rd Annual Juried Exhibition, Juror: Russell Lord, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX

Something Said Only Once Festival, Flagstaff, AZ


Self Processing: Instant Photography, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA

Readymade@100, American University Museum, Washington, D.C.

Cairo Video Festival, Medrar Center for Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt

Picture Berlin Festival, Lehrter Siebzehn, Berlin, Germany

Teeny-Cine, Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA

Berserk, Visual Arts Exchange, Raleigh, NC

Chicago Underground Film Festival, Logan Theater, Chicago, IL


51st Annual New York Film Festival, Views from the Avant-Garde, Lincoln Center, NY, NY

Grenzgänger, VBK Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Sören Kierkegaard in Images, Escuela Motivarte de Fotografia, Buenos Aires, Argentina

5 Rooms | 5 Photographers, Guthrie Contemporary, New Orleans, LA

10, Chicago Photography Center, Chicago, IL

Lumen, Artisphere, Arlington, VA* 

MDCCCXXXIX, Cassilhaus Gallery, Durham, NC*

48 Hours in Las Vegas, Frederic Jameson Gallery, Duke University, Durham, NC

Film & Music, Music & Film, Sheafer Lab Theater, Duke University


It’s Not Yesterday Anymore, UFO Presents, Berlin, Germany

Before Berlin, LoBe, Berlin, Germany

Florid Interiors, Guthrie Contemporary, New Orleans, LA

Preoccupations, East Duke Gallery, Duke University, Durham, NC


FACE to FACE, Aula Carolina, Aachen, Germany, Villa Herzogenrath, Herzgenrath-Kohlscheld, Germany, & Ministerium der Deutchsprachigen Gemeinschaft, Eupen, Belgium

Illusions, PhotoNOLA Exhibition at Sibley Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Some Account of Lacock Abbey, FotoDC Exhibit at The Gallery at Vivid Solution, Washington, D.C.*

The Polaroid Retrospective, Lamont Bishop Gallery, Washington, D.C.

The Places We Have Known, University of Maryland Stamp Gallery, College Park, MD

10 Cameras Project, Art Space Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ


Florid Interiors, Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA *

Civilian Editions, Civilian Art Projects, Washington, D.C.

Periphery, Gormley Gallery, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Disclosed, Chroma Projects Art Laboratory, Charlottesville, VA

One Hour Photo, American University Museum, Washington, D.C.

Accommodation, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA


Time Sheet, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA *

Riders on the Train, AXIOM Center for New and Experimental Media, Boston, MA

Findings, District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, D.C.

No Soul For Sale – A Festival Of Independents, Transformer Flat Files / X-Initiative, New York, NY

New Waves, The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA

Paper Trail, Transformer and Heineman Myers Gallery, Washington, D.C. and Bethesda, MD


Astral Bodies, curated by J.W. Mahoney, District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, D.C. *

Virginia Annual, Rawls Museum - Affiliate of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Courtland, VA

Sparkplug, District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, D.C.

Werewolf Youth, The Warehouse Gallery, Washington, D.C.



M.F.A. Experimental and Documentary Arts, Duke University, Durham, NC

Certificate in College Teaching, Duke University, Durham, NC


B.F.A. Studio Art, Art History Minor, Magna Cum Laude, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA


2018 Visual Studies Workshop Project Space Residency, Rochester, NY

2018 Faculty Research Grant, Duke University, Durham, NC

2017 Teaching for Equity Fellow, Duke University, Durham, NC

2016 Video Commission, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Asheville, NC

2015 Faculty Travel Grant, Duke University, Durham, NC

2012 Picture Berlin Residency, Berlin, Germany

2012 Platte Clove Artist in Residence, Catskill Center for Conservation, Arkville, NY

2012 Graduate Fellowship, Duke University, Durham, NC

2012 Center for Documentary Studies Summer Study Grant, Duke University, Durham, NC

2011 Graduate Fellowship, Duke University, Durham, NC 


2018 Panelist, Contemporary Photobook Workshop, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2018 Lecture, Photographic Resource Center, Cambridge, MA

2018 Visiting Artist Lecture, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

2018 Visiting Artist Lecture & Critiques, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

2018 Artist Talk, Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, MA

2018 Artist Talk, Thoreau Society Bicentennial Gathering, Concord, MA

2016 Panelist, William Gedney: All Facts Eventually Lead to Mysteries, HowarD Greenberg Gallery, NY, NY

2015 Artist Talk, Developer Drawings, Spectre Arts, Durham, NC

2013 Panelist, Inspired by the Lens, Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC

2013 Artist Talk, MDCCCXXXIX, Cassilhaus Gallery, Durham, NC

2013 Artist Talk, Some Account of Lacock Abbey, FotoWeek DC



2017 “William Gedney: A Case Study in Legacy Building,” What are institutions looking for and how do they build their collections?, American Photography Archives Group, International Center for Photography, NY, NY

2016 “Lake Eden,” ReVIEWING Black Mountain College, University of North Carolina Asheville, Asheville, NC

2016 “Transcendental Vision: Photographing Concord as a Transcendentalist in the 21st Century,” 75th Annual Thoreau Society Gathering, Concord, MA

2015 “The Archive of Documentary Arts,” How to Work with Institutions and Museums,” American Photography Archives Group, International Center for Photography, NY, NY,

2014 "A Little Bit of Magic Realized: The Invention of Photography in the Victorian Home," Victorians Institute Conference, Charlotte, NC


2019    Photo-Texts: A Survey of the Rubenstein Library’s Photobook Collection, Duke University, Durham, NC

2019    The Sweet Flypaper of Life by Langston Hughes & Roy DeCarava, Duke University, Durham, NC

2018    Propitious Wind and Rain, Photographs by Tom Rankin, Duke University, Durham, NC

2018    Manifest: Photographs by Wendel White, Duke University, Durham, NC

2017    Test of Faith: Photographs by Lauren Pond, Duke University, Durham, NC

2016    Wave the Flag, Duke University, Durham, NC

2015    Intimate Gestures: Handmade Books by William Gedney, Duke University, Durham, NC

2015    Aunties: Photographs by Nadia Sablin, Duke University, Durham, NC

2014    An Everyday Affair, Selling the Kodak Image to America 1888-1989, Center for Documentary    
            Studies at Duke University, Durham, NC

2012    Total Reflective Abstraction, Cassilhaus Gallery, Durham, NC


Print Periodicals

Life in the Woods Through a Literary Lens, by Conor Risch, Photo District News, May 2018

A Spotlight on the Season's Best Photography Books, by Luc Sante, The New York Times, November 28, 2017

William Gedney: A Photographer Exiled in His Own Land by Sean O'Hagan, The Guardian, September 5, 2017

Old and New Literary Spirit Comes Alive at Fruitlands Art Gallery, The Harvard Press, April 20, 2017

Concord Marks Patriot Day, Nancy Shohet West, Boston Globe, April 14, 2017

For Photography, A New Way Forward, by Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Denver Post, March 25, 2017

Square Magazine, Special Issue SP-06 Holga, 2016

The Hand Magazine, Issue 11, January 2016

Unique as a painting, quick as a flash, Polaroid photos find a place, John D’Addario, The New Orleans Advocate, October 22, 2014

Rigorous Experimentation, Robert J. Bliwise (Editor), Duke Magazine, Vol. 99, No. 3, Summer 2013.

Ausstellung FACE to FACE reist in die DG, Echo Grenz, Eupener, October 1, 2011.

Die gemeinsame Sprache der Kunst, Von Antje Uhlenbrock, Aachener Nachrichten, April 27, 2011.

Web Periodicals & Blogs

Journal of Black Mountain College Studies, Volume 9: Archives and Histories, Summer 2019

Book Review: “Winter’s Silent Songs” by Suzanne Révy, What Will You Remember Blog, February 2019

Elizabeth Avedon’s Best Photography Books of 2018 List, December 2018

Photo-eye 2018 Favorite Photobooks of 2018 List, December 2018

Notable Photo Books of 2018, Photo District News, November 2018

Book of the Week: Transcendental Concord by Rowan Sinclair-Gregg, Photo-eye Blog, October 2018

Lisa McCarty: Transcendental Concord by Kirsten Rian, Daylight Digital, July 2017

Impossible Project Magazine: Book Release: Circles, March 2017

Lenscratch: Paradise Out-Front at the Southern Gallery, January 2017

Humble Arts Foundation Group Show 50: 'Roid Rage, 2016

Don't Take Pictures, Some Assembly Required Feature, 2016

Actions of Light, Unseen, Oxford American, Eyes on the South, July 11, 2016

A Conversation with Lisa McCarty, Mysterious Facts, by Jay Turner Frey Seawell, 2015

Brief Interview with Lisa McCarty, Strant Magazine, Camera Reality Blog, 2015

Humble Arts Foundation Group Show 42: Occultisms, 2014

The photographer who rejected racism in the American south, Rob Brown, BBC World Service, September 14, 2014

A Direct Line from Eastman to Phone Images, Blue Greenberg, The Herald-Sun, Durham, NC, July 3, 2014

An Explosion of New Music in the Triangle, Chris Vitiello, IndyWeek, Raleigh/Durham, April 24, 2013. 

Reframing Photography: Theoory & Practice, May 2012




Assistant Professor of Photography, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Courses: Introduction to Photography, Advanced Photography


Adjunct Professor, Duke University, Durham, NC
Courses: Introduction to Photography, Introduction to Arts of the Moving Image, Photography in Context, Photographic Memory: Photo Albums, Zines, & Photobooks, Activating the Archive: Archival Research as Documentary Practice, Picturing Activism, Introduction to Film Studies


Lecturer, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
Courses: Introduction to Photography and Intermediate Photography


Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Asheville, NC

Brakhage Center, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO

Cassilhaus Collection, Chapel Hill, NC

Duke University Libraries, Durham, NC

Fidelity Investments Corporate Art Collection, Boston, MA

Franklin Furnace Artists’ Books Collection, NY, NY

Hellenic Centre for Photography Library, Athens, Greece

Impossible Project Library, Berlin, Germany

McEvoy Family Collection, San Francisco, CA

National Gallery of Art Library, Washington, D.C.

New York Public Library, New York, New York

Thoreau Institute, Concord, MA

Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY



American Photography Archives Group

College Art Association

Society for Photographic Education