A Humid Day from the series Rotan Switch

Granddaddy and Guy from the series Granddaddy and Bruce's Wedding

Painting of Nancy Sherwood from the series Nancy Sherwood: My Mother's Passing

Lisa McCord




Artist Statement

Lisa McCord is a fine art and documentary photographer from the Arkansas Delta. Her color and black & white photography focuses on her experiences on her family’s cotton farm, allowing the camera to take her places both in the past and present, creating photographs for the past three decades that explore her memories
and tell her stories. 

While attending an all-girls boarding school in Michigan that is connected to Cranbrook Academy of Art, Lisa became interested in photography. McCord pursued an education in photography at New York University, The Aegean Center for the Fine Arts, Paros, Greece, Le Contrejour, Paris, France, and The Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY.  She received her BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and earned an MFA from California Institute of the Arts with a focus on Photography. After finishing graduate school, Lisa taught photography at several high schools and universities in the LA area. 

Lisa has published several books on her southern life, including Rotan Switch, Waiting For The Trial, Osceola/Highway 61, Nancy Sherwood: My Mother’s Passing, and LA Bathrooms/Pinatas. Her work has been shown in the U.S. and internationally, with solo exhibitions at the Cotton Museum in Memphis, TN, and Gallery 825 in Los Angeles.  McCord’s work is in the permanent collections of the Arkansas Arts Center and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. She was a Photolucida Critical Mass Top 200 Finalist in 2015 and 2016. She lives and works in Los Angeles and Arkansas.