Editorial Photography

I just noticed a tweet from ESPN, referring to when 13 year old Natalie Gilbert, singing the national anthem at a Trail Blazers game, suddenly froze, forgetting the lyrics. In one of the classiest moves all time, Blazers head coach … Continued

Editorial Photography

I still love shooting editorial work. I also just stumbled onto a story I worked on for Vice last February, on living in remote communities without access to high speed internet. I spent a couple days in Orleans, California which … Continued

Award winning advertising photography

I happened to stumble across something called D&AD Awards for Advertising to discover that a campaign for the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, that used a couple of my pictures had won! “To promote the city’s 300th birthday, New Orleans … Continued

Columbia River Project

I’m just back from a week in British Columbia, where I was working on my Columbia River project, aka “The Great River of the West”. I traveled to remote areas of the upper Columbia, including the almost impossible to access … Continued

Spring Break Road Trip

Travel Oregon has published my account of our family RV trip down the southern Oregon coast from last year’s Spring Break. Here’s the link: http://traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/itineraries/spring-break-rv-ing-on-the-south-coast/   I’ve added some of the highlight photos to a new “Short Story” here: http://mcclaran.com/portfolio/road-trip-on-the-oregon-coast/ … Continued


I had the pleasure to photograph Jesce Horton, owner of Panacea Valley Gardens and founder of the Minority Cannabis Business Association for Yahoo News. Link Here: https://www.yahoo.com/news/african-american-families-hit-hard-war-drugs-pot-comes-shadows-slowly-092711075.html?soc_src=mail&soc_trk=ma

Recent Happenings

I’ve been neglectful in writing, being caught up in the drama of current events as well as the day to day minutia that fills so much of our lives. However it’s been a busy and fulfilling last few months. Here … Continued

Nathan Lyons, a remembrance

When I first arrived at the Visual Studies Workshop in late summer of 1976, I was wide eyed, a bit naïve, an eager young sponge ready to soak in everything to come. I had enrolled in what was called the … Continued

Boulevard Artists

My old friend Marc Asnin and his business partner Josh Herman have launched a new portfolio portal, Boulevard Artists. I’m please to have joined their ranks, and you can see my portfolio here: https://www.blvdartists.com/photographer/375/Robbie-McClaran

Currently Showing

It’s no secret that I love New Orleans and I love the New Orleans Photo Alliance. I’m very pleased to have four pieces in the current exhibit, “Celebrating the Music Triangle” curated by Sacha Lecca, photo editor at Rolling Stone. … Continued

Vancouver BC – Portland, Oregon Food Scene

One of my favorite thing about editorial photography is the opportunity to visit new places. This past December I had the opportunity to do an editorial assignment photographing the food scene in Vancouver B.C. for Via Magazine. Here are a … Continued

Video / Motion

While my career remains focused on still photography, I am often asked whether I shoot video, and the answer is, yes. I’ve done a variety of commissioned and personal motion projects and I’ve added a link to my Vimeo page … Continued

Upcoming Workshops

I’m pleased to announce I’ll be offering two workshops this coming September at Newspace Center For Photography.  On Thursdays, beginning September 3 and running through September 24 I’ll be teaching Lighting I: Studio Overview. This is a foundational class that … Continued

April 19th

Yesterday was April 19th and marked the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City where 168 people, including 19 children were killed. A year after the bombing on the eve of my … Continued

New Work – Advertising

A new point of purchase ad for Banner Bank of Seattle importer, Larry Hou. Was great working with Steve Cox and the team from CMD Agency. It’s rare you have the opportunity to work with people who have strong ideas … Continued

Ain’t Bad

My Hot Rod project is currently being featured on Verve Photo here: https://vervephoto.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/robbie-mcclaran/ And on Ain’t Bad Magazine’s online edition here: http://aintbadmagazine.com/article/2015/02/robbie-mcclaran/

Some recent exposure

I’ve been fortunate recently to have my personal / fine art photography showcased on two highly respected online venues. First of all Kat Kiernan, who I met recently at PhotoNOLA in New Orleans, showed  excerpts of From Here On  on … Continued

Holiday Print Sale

  For the first time ever and just in time for the holidays, or to take advantage of end of the year tax deductions, I’m offering selected prints for sale at deeply discounted rates. To see the collection please visit … Continued

A Different Kind of Fund Raising Effort

I’m pleased to announce that I have begun work on a new personal documentary project. In order to finance the project I need to raise some funds. The logical choice would be to do a kickstarter or a gofundme, campaign. … Continued

New Work – Advertising Photography

I’m simply amazed at how well this turned out. As an advertising photographer, I more typically commissioned to shoot portraits so I was especially pleased when Jeff Nichols at CMD asked me to shoot this project for Western Star Trucks, … Continued

New Work, New Portfolios

I’m very excited to announce I’ve made some major updates to the website in the last couple of weeks. New images have been added to the Portraits section, a new Food and Drink portfolio has been added to Commissions, and … Continued

New Solo Exhibition

I am so pleased to be showing selections of my Delta and From Here On projects at Lightbox Photographic Gallery in Astoria. This is the largest solo exhibit I have had in several years so I am doubly excited. There … Continued

Nick Hanauer for Politico

One of the great things about shooting editorial assignments are the fascinating people you get to meet. I recently had the pleasure of meeting and photographing Nick Hanuer for an editorial assignment for Politico. Fascinating to talk with this man, … Continued

Travel Photography Oregon

As a photographer you can’t ask for a better gig than shooting travel photography assignments in Oregon. And you can’t ask for a better client than Travel Oregon. So it’s a triple pleasure that I have a recent portrait of … Continued

Ordinary People Exhibition At Evergreen State College

I am so excited to be exhibiting my Ordinary People project at The Evergreen State College’s Galerie Fototland.   Galerie Fotoland is pleased to introduce an exciting new exhibition from Portland based Robbie McClaran.  Ordinary People is an ongoing series … Continued

Worthy Reading (or Viewing) Chapter 4

I missed posting last week, caught up in Mardis Gras, but picking up where I left off in my experiment as a photo story aggregator. In case you have seen my previous posts of “Worthy Reading”, the idea is to … Continued

Worthy Reading Chapter 3

The World Press Photo awards always seems to stir up controversy and this year was no different. Personally I loved the selection of John Stanmeyer’s image of men searching for a cell signal. Read more in these following stories: NY … Continued

Worthy Reading (or viewing) – Chapter 2

Last week I started a new feature on this blog to share some of the great online articles that feature photography. Here’s this weeks list: I had never heard of Lawson Little until The Bitter Southerner, which by the way … Continued

Oliver B. McClaran

  Today marks the 36th anniversary of the death of my Father. This photograph was taken when he was a student and member of the gymnastics team at the University of Texas in the early 1930’s.

Good News

I’ve received several bits of good news in recent days I’d like to share. I learned my Barrow series has been selected by Jurors Michele Dunn Marsh and Todd Johnson for the 2014 Blue Sky Gallery Viewing Drawers. This is … Continued

Worthy Reading – Chapter 1

I thought I might experiment with a new blogging feature acting as my own content aggregator of sorts. The idea is to do this at least semi-regularly and post links here. We’ll see how that goes. Meanwhile here’s chapter 1. … Continued

RIP Bill Porter

I’m so sad to learn of the passing of Bill Porter. he was one of the most inspirational people I have ever met and he was one of my all time favorite subjects. His portrait is certainly one of the … Continued

Redux Pictures

I am very excited to announce that I have joined Redux Pictures

Editorial Portrait Photography – New Work

I love this tearsheet from  American Craft magazine, a portrait of Artist, Hilary Pfeifer aka Bunny With A Toolbelt. As an editorial portrait photographer, my favorite things is meeting fascinating new people and see the amazing things they do. Thanks … Continued

As if Instagram needed another photographer

So it finally happened. In spite of my many questions, dismissals and teasing my friends, I joined Instagram. Until fairly recently I did not even have a “smart” phone but when my beloved Nokia flip finally crossed over to the … Continued

Newspace Lighting Workshop

I am reprising my lighting class at Newspace Center for Photography, Lighting I: Studio Overview. It’s an introductory level class aimed at students who are interested in expanding their skills in lighting. Four three hour classes held weekly beginning November … Continued

Vintage Pictures On Tumblr

I sort of dropped the ball in late Spring but have just returned to posting vintage pictures on my Tumblr, located here: http://robbiemcclaran.tumblr.com/ Latest addition:   Pine Bluff, Arkansas – 1981

A few random quotes

“I am sick and tired of photographs that look like all the other photographs I have seen.” – Diane Arbus “There are too many images. Too many cameras now. We’re all being watched. It gets sillier and sillier. As if … Continued

Solo Show at Newspace

Okay, I’ve really dropped the ball here in using the power of social media as a self promotional tool. Summer fun got the best of me and things like blogging, tweeting, etc. (Okay I don’t really tweet) have taken a … Continued

Smartest Women on Twitter

While the rest of the world is busy slut shaming Miley Cyrus for her performance at the MTV Awards last night, without so much as word about Robin Thicke’s part in the performance, Fast Company has posted an article, the … Continued

The Coolest Bike in New York

Walking down 40th Street last week, out of the corner of my eye I noticed in passing a white haired elegant gentleman, wearing a distinctive blue jacket, locking up his bike. I instantly realized I had brushed past a photographic … Continued

Work On Exhibit

I’m very pleased my portrait of Mormon missionaries, in Dodge City, Kansas from the “From Here On’ project has been selected to be included in the Newspace Center for Photography Juried Exhibit, curated by Sarah Stolfa of the Philadelphia Photo … Continued

Tumblr / Yahoo

I’ve been playing around with Tumblr for almost a year now, using it as a platform to share some of my oldest work, the first work produced post school. Not taking it overly seriously, just having fun with it. When … Continued

Pictures for Free

The world we photographers inhabit continues to become more and more clouded with questions of how we can earn income from our work in an age when people just take and use without so much as asking. Bloggers, aggregators, even … Continued


Not sure what to make of this article (http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/features/genius-in-colour-why-william-eggleston-is-the-worlds-greatest-photographer-8577202.html) that’s making the rounds on social media, proclaiming Eggleston to be the “world’s greatest photographer”. Seriously? Not sure I go along with that claim. It’s a broad stroke and not one … Continued

Eastern Oregon Moto Video

Yesterday, rather than shovel compost in the rain, I started goofing around with a some video clips I shot in eastern Oregon on one of my motorcycle trips. I’ve been sitting on these clips for a while thinking, “one of … Continued

A New Book

I’ve just completed a redesign and update of a small book I did a few years ago as an experiment. I’m still not completely loving Blurb’s print quality but you can’t beat the ease of self publishing with them, or … Continued

Been a good couple of weeks

Over the past few weeks, I’ve learned a selection of ten prints my “From Here On” project has been accepted for Blue Sky Gallery’s 2013 Viewing Drawers where they will appear alongside Northwest photographer luminaries, such as Heidi Kirkpatrick, Jim … Continued

John McAfee

Like many of you I’ve been keeping up with the ongoing saga of John McAfee’s escape from Belize, via Vice and Wired and of course I loved Brian Finke’s terrific pictures. The story has everything, sex, violence, international intrigue and … Continued

Hostess Cupcake Factory, Schiller Illinois

With all the attention given to the closing of Hostess and the hand wringing over the potential loss to our food culture of those cherished treats, I thought of my shoot at the Hostess Plant outside Chicago a dozen years … Continued

Cheryl Strayed

Last night driving home from location, I listened to a new radio program, Back Fence PDX which is self described as “Live story telling, no lies, no notes, no memorization.” The first story came from author Cheryl Strayed of Wild … Continued

Instagram, Time and Ken Jarecke

Ken Jarecke has smacked a hornet’s nest with his recent blog posts criticizing Time and others for using Instagram to cover Sandy. Reading the comments, it’s obvious there are compelling thoughts on both sides. I too felt like the quality … Continued

New Spam

A new spam “email promotion” mailed out yesterday: Here’s the video:


I’ve been posting some vintage work on my tumblr recently. Check it out here: http://robbiemcclaran.tumblr.com/ Ruthie The Duck Lady, New Orleans, 1979

Newspace Member's Showcase

I’m pleased that my photograph, “Reydell Arkansas” will be included in the Newspace Center for Photography’s upcoming Member’s Showcase group show, opening this coming Friday, October 5.

RIP Woody

It was a pleasure to have known you, if ever so brief.

Matt Meighan has a new CD

Singer / songwriter, and close friend Matt Meighan’s new cd Long Way Round is out and you should buy it here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mattmeighan I was honored to be asked to shoot the original images for the cover and broke out some … Continued


My good friend Kirk launched a new business, Poached, which is a kind of jobs listing service for restaurants, bars and hotels. Sort of a high end alternative to craigslist with a much cooler interface. Anyway he asked me to … Continued

More new work…….

My friend Lauren Henkin made a compelling case on her blog for saving work for the experience of seeing it printed and finished and the risks of showing online. The average website stay is something like 37 seconds, so it’s … Continued

Sneak Peak – New Work #5

I’m continuing to scan, have about 55 now. These images I am posting are akin to viewing work prints as they have had little consideration as to whether they work in the context of this body, much less any sequencing, … Continued

New Work – Sneak Peak #1

Last spring I drove from Memphis to Portland over the course of 7 days and made pictures along the way. Last week I began the tedious process of scanning negatives. I’ll be posting some sample images over the next couple … Continued

A Special Place in Hell

Josh Powell killed his two kids and himself by blowing up his house with gasoline this past weekend. In addition police found a small hatchet and evidence he used it on the two little boys. His own sons. Powell’s wife, … Continued

A million and one Photo Blogs

Lately I’ve been looking at a a lot of fantastic photo sites as well as individual photographer’s blogs. Let me just say, you can waste way too much time in front of the screen looking a great work. This morning … Continued

Dead Flowers

Winter roses, photographed on January 4, 2012 using out of date Polaroid Type 67 (I think)

Heidi Kirkpatrick

Heidi Kirkpatrick presented her work today at Portland Art Museum’s Brown Bag Lunch series. All I will say is that she is amazing and deserves to be a rock star in the art world. Here’s some good places to start … Continued

Through The Looking Glass – Portland Art Museum

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this excellent exhibition curated by Julia Dolan. Julia has pulled together a wonderful cross section of work from the museum’s permanent collection featuring a broad range of artists, famous as well lesser known, even including a … Continued

Preservation Magazine

More blatant self promotion, my new cover for Preservation. Image was licensed as stock photography from a previous editorial photo shoot for Via Magazine.

Too many photographs, not enough…….

Yesterday I spent almost eight hours going through the 712 portfolios that were submitted to Photolucida’s Critical Mass 2011. I was one of the 712 and of course was disappointed when I learned I had not made the initial cut … Continued

Blatant Self Promotion

I’m very proud to present my contributions, the June and November pages from the Western Star Trucks 2012 Calendar. Produced with Creative Director Jeff Nichols, and Art Director Lawrence Wolf at CMD along with stylist extraordinaire Kymm Ernst.

This Is The What

Kate Osba writes a terrific blog, called This Is The What where she features interviews with photographers along with samples of their work. I’m very flattered to be included today. Read the interview here: http://www.thisisthewhat.com/2011/09/10-minutes-with-robbie-mcclaran/


Andy Adams recently posted a query on Flak Photo Network (Facebook) asking if there were any Disfarmer fans. I sent him this message: Re: Disfarmer, long story I first discovered his work in about ’76 when I was a photography … Continued

What Makes This Place Great

A recent project completed for Tri-Met, working with Josh Berger (of Plazm fame), Doug Lowell, Sarah Cline and Camela Raymond at ID Branding. Still photographs are edited into short video clips accompanied by interviews with the various subjects. See the … Continued

It's been a busy Summer…….

A few recently published assignments, Tad McGeer founded Aerovel which designs and builds unmanned aircraft out of a converted home near Bingen Washington, for Smithsonian. Link: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Drones-are-Ready-for-Takeoff.html Portland timbers owner Merritt Paulson, for ESPN the Magazine: Bandon Dunes Caddies, for … Continued

Notes From Photolucida

Another Photolucida has come and gone and once again my head is reeling with all the great work I was fortunate to be able to view. As with any organized review there was a wide range of work from artists … Continued

Susan Seubert @ Froelick

I’m really looking forward to seeing Susan’s newest work tonight at Froelick Gallery. Anyone coming into town for Photolucida should make it a point to see it.

Richard Prince loses one.

Readers of my blog know my feelings about so called “appropriation art”. So I’m happy to read that Patrick Cariou has won his lawsuit against Richard Prince. Congratualtions Mr Cariou, let’s hope the lawyes don’t file an appeal. Article here: … Continued

The Capitol Collection

I spent yesterday in Salem at the unveiling of the Oregon State Capitol Collection. My 1997 portrait of author Barry Lopez now hangs in a hallway on the Capitol’s second floor. It’s humbling to have my work included alongside so … Continued

The Good Earth at Newspace

A new group exhibit opened at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland this past Friday. Was pleased to see my friend Jan Sonnenmair’s lovely closeup of her son gently cradling a salamander used as the opening invitation. This very strong … Continued

“There are too many images,” he said. “Too many cameras now. We’re all being watched. It gets sillier and sillier. As if all action is meaningful. Nothing is really all that special. It’s just life. If all moments are recorded, … Continued

New Years Day

Once again spent the New Year holiday at Twin Rocks with family and friends. This is the first picture I made in 2011, call it an homage to Harry Callahan if you wish.

Storm Chasers

I love that show Storm Chasers, where they try to drive their heavily armored vehicles into tornadoes. As I child I was terrified of tornadoes but I now revel in the violence of powerful storms. Watching these guys drive right … Continued

Man with a Parrot

As I mentioned in my previous post I recently took a batch of random rolls of film in for processing. This image was on a roll of 620 Kodacolor II. I have no idea who this man is, if I … Continued


One of the best things about shooting film is the magic of seeing the images for the first time, the confirmation of a vision realized, or disappointment in the failing. I sometimes collect random rolls of film and for no … Continued