Owen McCann

Tropicana 404


Owen McCann honed his craft in photography through years of experience working as a photojournalist, travelling the world and documenting what he saw there. He has an intuitive way of capturing specific unnoticed details that distinguish places. He also has an attraction toward the absurd and the banal, and especially when these two exist simultaneously. His work exhibited in the Tropicana 404 pulls from a variety of projects from his career, but they are linked through the encapsulation of a desire to manipulate the built environment to reflect an unattainable fantasy and urban escapism.


McCann began taking pictures while wandering around the world in his late 20’s. Initially attracted to the world of photojournalism, he eventually gravitated to the documentary and fine art genres using analog photography.

Last year he finished a series called “Leisure Class.” McCann explains this series as an examination of “contradictions that lie within how tourists spend their holiday time.” For this series McCann used 35mm film using a half-frame format film camera. The half-frame format was designed in the late 1950’s in an effort to reduce the weight and size of the standard 35mm cameras. The format helped drastically reduce the cost of developing film as a 36-exposure roll ends up producing twice as many images. This technique allowed McCann to make sequences with his photographs thereby making it possible to create linear panoramic narratives.

McCann studied photography in Buenos Aires, Argentina and then moved to Berlin to work as an intern for German photographer Oliver Moest. You can see more of his work at www.owenmccan.net