Bob has crossed the boundaries of many mediums in order to
reach this point in time, after years of pushing the traditional
limits of various art forms such as painting and photography.
He expanded his art form for the first time when he apprenticed
with a Master of sumi-e painting in Tokyo over thirty-five
years ago. He compared Japanese brushwork to his own interpretation
of high contrast photography. For him, one medium affected
the other. The evolution of his photographic style, with sweeping
strokes of black and white has flowered into the vived colors
of his computer graphics work which is far from his days in
Japan but also very close.
His photographic career began with the international wire
service and culminated with being head of the photography
department at a community college in Southern California.
The culmination of his years as an active professor came when
he developed one of the first curriculums for the study of
computer graphics, receiving many grants to expand his cutting-edge
department. Currently, he has discovered the dramatic effects
which large-format digital printing can have on photography.
Bob McMahan’s goal has always been to study a medium
with great intensity and then pursue his own direction. His
motto might be use the traditional to discover the untraditional.
Anderson High School, Anderson, CA.
M.F.A. (Sculpture) Instituto Allende
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Shasta Junior College, Redding, CA.
M.A. (Photography) Fresno University
B.A.(Art) Humbolt State University,
U.C. Santa Barbara, Computer for
Publishing & Graphics
Fresno State University, Fresno, CA.
Stanford University Publishing
University of Waseda, Tokyo, Japan:
University International Program.