Forest McMullin is a freelance photographer, consultant, and photographic educator. He specializes in photographing fringe social groups. He is respected for his ability to bring out their dignity while still showing them with directness and honesty. His photographs have been exhibited across the United States as well as in Paris and Beijing. His work is found in numerous public and private collections. He has received many fellowships, grants, and artist residencies. Currently he is a full time Professor of Photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Atlanta campus and delivers lectures and workshops around the US.
His consultations include portfolio development, marketing strategies, business planning, and equipment and technical advice. He works with individuals, businesses, and industry leaders. His commercial clients include: Corning Inc., Xerox, Ford Motor Company, Bausch & Lomb, Praxis Pharmaceuticals, General Motors, Blue Cross Blue Shield, First Republic Bank, Cornell University, Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Fidelity Investments, American Bar Association, and DuPont.
His photographs have appeared multiple times in many print and web publications, including: Time, Forbes, Fortune, Business Week, People, Audubon, Entertainment Weekly. Smithsonian Magazine, ESPN Magazine, Runner's World, The New York Times, The London Sunday Times, Der Stern, Photo District News, le Monde, HuffingtonPost.com, Slate.com, BBCMundo.com, FeatureShoot.com, DesignTaxi.com, and LensCulture.com.
He has had solo exhibitions at the following: Thomas Deans Fine Art, Rochester Institute of Technology, Fourth Street Photo Gallery, Buffalo Museum of Science, Rochester Women’s Foundation, Sun Valley Center of the Arts, University of Southern Maine, Colby College.
He has had work in numerous group exhibitions, including at the following institutions: George Eastman Museum, Everson Museum of Art, Griffin Museum of Photography, Houston Center of Photography, Lightwork, MOCA Jacksonville, Hudson River Museum, Haverford College, Emory University, Visual Studies Workshop, Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. A collection of his photographs recently entered the collection of the Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
On Back Roads in the Deep South
Video of the exhibition, opposite
In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, Forest McMullin set off on a personal voyage of discovery through remote corners of the Deep South. Using only a paper map as guide, McMullin spent weeks on the road in areas completely unknown to him as a northerner. His photographs frankly but sympathetically document people and locales. The photographs’ revelation of unexpected beauties and their profound sense of place represent McMullin’s personal, empathic record of a region and its identity.