Professor McInnis received his BFA in Film, Photography and the Visual Arts from Ithaca College and received his MFA in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. His MFA thesis exhibition entitled “Caution-Warning-Danger” utilized the semiotics of industrial warning labels, photographic multi-media and modern iconography to confront the oppositions between death, science, religion, and sexuality.
He taught as an Assistant Professor at Ithaca College from 1997-1999 where he continued work on digital collages involving the sociological and ethical implications of cloning and eugenics. From 2000–2003, he lived in the United Arab Emirates where he taught as an Assistant Professor of Photography for the Department of Visual Communications at The American University in Dubai. Here he began a long project photographing black and white landscapes using the minimalist work of Harry Callahan and Hiroshi Sugimoto as inspiration. This international photographic survey, entitled “Balance” was exhibited twice in Dubai, at the University of California at Berkeley (2003), at the Brooklyn Collective Art Gallery (2006) and at Wittenberg University’s Ann Miller Gallery (2008).
In 2003 he moved to New York where he taught for the Department of English at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) and in the Department of Photography at the School of Visual Arts. At SVA, he conducted courses in black and white craft and fashion photography. He is currently working on a new project entitled “Presence”, a survey of formal portraits, captured with an 8x10 field camera and color film. He also recently completed a documentary survey of signage in the Ohio landscape entitled "Battleground".
Prof. McInnis's work has been published in Silvershotz, Photo Review and Dodho Magazine. He has had recent exhibitions at Otterbein University and the Springfield Museum of Art. His work will be exhibited at the Dayton Visual Arts Center in Fall of 2014.
Other areas of interest/study:
Photography from the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Contemporary Photographic Theory
Mass Media and Gender
Vintage Group Photography
Early Histories of Photography (1780-1840)