Mary McGuire was born in Detroit, toured as a musician for the past 25 years and has lived in Detroit, Boston, Martha’s Vineyard and Mackinac Island. She studied history of art and architecture at Harvard University while playing guitar in pubs across the east coast and Midwest to fund her education. She has been involved in photography from the moment she got her first camera…a Flexo Box Camera she picked up at the Trading Post and learned to shoot from Father Overman, the priest and mentor from her local church when she was about 10 years old. The idea at first was to get a Girl Scout badge but her love for photography ran deep and loads of cameras later, she is still shooting. .
During the last two decades Mary has shown her work and gathered many photography awards. Here are few shows and awards that are especially memorable:
Audubon Award: Polly Hill Arboretum, Martha’s Vineyard
Best New Work: International Center for Photography, New York
Boston Public Library Exhibition
Harvard University Art Museums Staff Art Exhibition
She has created images for publications for publishers like Harper Collins Publishers, Meridith Corporation, Hearst Magazines, Conde Nast and more. In addition, Mary has supplied imagery to television networks, music publishers, newspapers and writers around the world. Most recently, a large archive of her work may be seen on websites and in publications associated with the Mackinac Island via the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau (www.mackinacisland.org). In addition, she is the creative director for Mackinac Design (www.mackinacdesign.com) and produces websites, commercials and design layouts for print and web publications.
She loves light and shadow and the way it washes Historic Fort Mackinac in shades of gold at 4pm on a winter’s day.