McClaran is an editorial, advertising, documentary and fine art
photographer based in Portland, Oregon. His work has been widely
published and exhibited.

 His work as an editorial photographer has appeared in diverse publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Time, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Runner’s World, Bloomberg and Forbes.

 The entire collection of prints from Robbie’s controversial book, Angry White Men, is in the permanent collection of the University of Oregon, Special Collections Library. His
fine art work is in several  private and public collections, including
the New Orleans Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art and the Ogden
Museum of Southern Art.

His personal work has been featured in Plazm, Life Magazine – Our Century in Pictures, Photo District News, The Photo Review and ID Design and has been recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, American Photography, The New York Art Director’s Club, Graphis and Communication Arts. Robbie is a 2015 Critical Mass finalist.

Robbie is a grateful recipient of a  2014 grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Ford Family Foundation and a 2018 grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland.

lives in Portland with his wife, Designer / Illustrator Lydia Hess and
their two daughters. He accepts commissions for editorial and
advertising assignments.

Born: 1955, Pine Bluff, Arkansas


The Center for Photographic Studies, Louisville, KY 1975-1976

Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY; 1976-1978


2017 – “Recent Acquisitions” – Portland Art Museum
2017 – “A Place in Time, Selections from the Permanent Collection” – Ogden Museum of Southern Art
2017- “Speaking Volumes” (group) – Ft Collins Museum of Art
2016 – InFocus – Phoenix Art Museum
2016 – “Currents” (group), Ogden Museum of Southern Art
2016 – “Celebrating the Music Triangle”, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival / New Orleans Photo Alliance
2016 – “PDX 30” – Lightbox Gallery, Astoria, Oregon (Juried Group)
2016 – “People of the Northwest” – Chehalis Cultural Center, Newberg, Oregon (Juried Group)
2015 – Severio Gallery / PhotoNOLA, New Orleans “Mardi Gras 1979” (solo)
2015 – Houston Center for Photography – (Juried Group)
2014 – LightBox Photographiuc Gallery, Astoria, Oregon – “Selections from Delta and From Here On” – (Solo)
2014 – The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA – “Ordinary People” – (Solo)
2014 – Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont – “The Human Altered Landscape” _ (Juried Group)
2014 – Newspace Center for Photography – Art of Work – (Juried Group)
2014 – New Orleans Photo Alliance – Masquerade – (Juried Group)
2013 – Newspace Center for Photography – From Here On – (Solo)
2013 – Newspace Center for Photography – Juried Exhibition (Group)
2013 –  Gotthelf Art Gallery, San Diego Center for Jewish Culture  – San Diego, CA (Group)
2013 – Blue Sky Gallery – Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers, Portland, Oregon, juried selection
2013 – Lightbox Gallery, Astoria Oregon, Juried Exhibition (Group).
2012 – Newspace Center for Photography – Member’s Showcase –Juried Selection
2012 – Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Invitational (Group)
2010 – Louisville Photo Biennial, Actor’s Theater Gallery – Louisville, KY (Group)
2008 – Holter Museum of Art, Helena Montana – Speaking Volumes (Curated Group Show & Traveling Exhibit)
2008 – Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, Oregon – Angry White Men (Solo)
2001 – SK Josefsberg Studio – Portland, Oregon – Mid-Career Retrospective (Solo)
1999 – Forbes Gallery, New York City, (Group)
1999  – S.K Josefsberg Studio – Portland, Oregon  – Surf (Group)
1998 – Harvest; AIGA Biennial, Portland, Oregon (Group)
1998 – Visual Studies Workshop – Rochester, NY – Angry White Men (Solo)
1997 – Powell’s Books Gallery – Portland, Oregon – Angry White Men (Solo)
1997 – Saba Gallery – New York City  (Solo)
1996 – Submit; AIGA Biennial – Portland, Oregon (Group)
1994 – AIGA Biennial – Portland, Oregon (Group)
1992 – Tabula Rasa Gallery, Seattle, Washington – Away From Home; The Work of Four Photographers (Group)
1986 – Allen Street Gallery – Dallas, Texas – States of Texas (Group)
1978 – Franklin Furnace – New York, NY – Artists Books (Group)
1978 – Rochester Institute of Technology – Rochester, NY (Group)


New Orleans Museum of Art

Portland Art Museum

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

University of Oregon, Special Collections Library, Eugene Oregon

Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis

Holter Museum of Art, Helena Montana

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Oregon State Capitol Collection

Visual Studies Workshop

Louisiana State Museum

Indie Photobook Library

Press / Reviews:   

“Mardi Gras, 1979”KnowLouisiana – Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities by David Johnson

Oxford American – Eyes on the South – Robbie McClaran April 2014

Mardis Gras in 1979″ Interview and portfolio: This Is The What

“From Here On” – Lenscratch – January 2014

“10 Minutes With Robbie McClaran” : Kate Osba, This Is The What Blog, September 2011

“Interview With A Photographer”, TMTPW Blog, Jennifer Stoots, 2011

“Photographer Stays Out of the Picture”; by Steven Blair, Portland Tribune, August 2001

“Angry White Men”; by Jean Dykstra, The Photo Review, Fall 1997

“Best of Show – Angry White Men”: I.D. Design Annual, Spring 1997

“We, The Very Angry People”; by Bill Donahugh, The New York Times Magazine, April 1997

“Angry White Men”; Creativity, April 1997

“Do the Right Thing”; by Mark Lapin,

Photo District News, March 1997

“White Flag on a Gray Backdrop”; by Steve Duin

The Oregonian, February 13, 1997

“It’s a Black and White Issue”; by Randy Gragg

The Oregonian, February 12, 1997

“Angry White Men”; by Randy Gragg

The Oregonian, December 17, 1996

“Mad as Hell”; by Jaqueline McCarthy

Willamette Week, October 30, 1996

“Robbie McClaran’s Seperate Reality”; by Kinney Littlefield,

Dallas Morning News, September 6, 1987

Lectures / Presentations:

Portland Art Museum – Brown Bag Lecture Series – October 2014

Portland Art Museum – Brown Bag Lecture Series – October 2011

University of Oregon – Journalism Dept. – October, 2010

Society for Photographic Education, NW Conference – October 2010

Photolucida – April 2009

University of Oregon – Photojournalism Dept. – April, 2008

Northwest Journalism Conference – 2005

PhotoAmericas – 2002

Leica Historical Society National Convention – 2002

Visual Studies Workshop – 2000

NYU – Photojournalism Dept. – 1997

Powell’s Books, Portland OR  -1997

Blue Sky Gallery, Portland OR – 1996

Teaching / Workshops:

Newspace Center for Photography – Portraiture, Lighting, Storytelling – 2010 – present

PNCA – Guest Lectureer – 2015

Reviewer – Photlucida Portfolio Reviews, 2011

Pacific Northwest College of Art – Photojournalism, 2010

Reviewer – Photlucida Portfolio Reviews, 2009

Pacific Northwest College of Art – Photojournalism, 2009

Pacific Northwest College of Art – Portraits and People, 2004

Pacific Northwest College of Art – Color Photography, 2003

Dallas Public Library, Dallas Texas, Children’s Photography Workshop 1988