Lisa McCarty


Assistant Professor, Photography



Lisa McCarty is an artist, curator and writer based in Dallas. McCarty has participated in over 80 exhibitions and screenings at venues such as the American University Museum (Washington, D.C.), Amherst College's Eli Marsh Gallery, Carnegie Museum of Art, the Chicago Photography Center, Fruitlands Museum (Harvard, Mass.), Houston Center for Photography, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (San Francisco), the Nasher Museum of Art (Duke University, Durham, N.C.), the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans), and the Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester, N.Y.). McCarty’s photographs have also been featured in a variety of international festivals including Noorderlicht (The Netherlands), Internationale Photoszene Köln (Cologne, Germany), Picture Berlin, and Sören Kierkegaard in Images (Buenos Aires), while her moving images have been screened at the New York Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Experiments in Cinema (Albuquerque), Cairo Video Festival, Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival (Bristol, UK), and Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival (Hawick, Scotland).

Her books include Transcendental Concord (Radius Books), The Arboretum Aphorisms of Nathaniel Dorsky (San Francisco Cinematheque), William Gedney: Only the Lonely (University of Texas Press), and A Time of Youth: San Francisco, 1966-1967 by William Gedney (Duke University Press).


M.F.A. Experimental and Documentary Arts, Duke University, Durham, N.C.
B.F.A. Studio Art, Art History Minor, George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.

Recent Work


A Time of Youth: San Francisco 1966–1967 by William Gedney, Edited by Lisa McCarty, Texts by Lisa McCarty & Philip Gefter, Duke University Press, 2021

The Arboretum Aphorisms of Nathaniel Dorsky, Edited by Lisa McCarty, Texts by Lisa McCarty & Nathaniel Dorsky. San Francisco Cinematheque, 2020.

Transcendental Concord, Photographs by Lisa McCarty, Texts by Rebecca Norris Webb and Kirsten Rian, Radius Books, 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

Course list

Photo I ASPH 1300
The Documentary Impulse ASPH 3320
The Photographic Portrait ASPH 3325
Eco-Photography ASPH 3355
Graduate Seminar ASAG 6300
Lisa McCarty