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Ray McSavaney collection

Identifier: AG 266

Scope and Contents

Materials relating to McSavaney’s book Explorations: A Photographic Journey includes negatives, correspondence, project files, book mockups and layout templates, proofs, and the published book. There are also materials relating to McSavaney’s photographic workshops, handwritten essays, brochures, and other ephemera.


  • 1980-2014, bulk 1990-1993

Language of Materials

Material in English

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Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission from the copyright owner (which could be the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates or literary executors) prior to any copyright-protected uses of the collection.

The user agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents, the University of Arizona, Center of Creative Photography, including its officers, employees, and agents, from and against all claims made relating to copyright or other intellectual property infringement

Biographical Note

Ray McSavaney (1938-2014) was an American photographer based in Los Angeles, California. McSavaney enjoyed the visual arts from an early age and family vacations inspired his interest in landscape photography. He graduated from UCLA in 1963 where he majored in Art and Design. Soon after, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was trained by the Army in photogrammetry and drafting. After the Army, McSavaney returned to Los Angeles and worked for Summa Corporation on development projects.

McSavaney became serious about photography in the mid-1960s, and his photography career developed. In the early 1970s, McSavaney enrolled in workshop hosted by Ansel Adams, which pushed him further into classical black and white landscape photography. McSavaney participated in several Sierra Club photography workshops, and formed a friendship with photographer Bruce Barnbaum. McSavaney left his employment with Summa Corporation in the late 1970s and started his own career in fine art photography. He and Barnbaum founded the Owens Valley Photography Workshops program, later joined by John Sexton. This Workshop ended in 1990, and McSavaney started his own photography workshops.

Although his strength is in black-and-white Western landscape photography, other projects have included urban scenes and architecture, botanical studies, street portraiture, and color photography.


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Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.


Materials relating to the photographic career of Ray McSavaney include his photo book Explorations: A Photographic Journey and accompanying book production materials, which includes negatives, prints and layouts. Explorations features seven essays written by McSavaney, which describe his photographic methods, philosophy, and his subject matter. Additional materials include photographic workshop brochures, published materials, and 2 CDS with Flowers animation and a PDF book dummy.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Activity Files, 1980-2014

Custodial History

The collection is a gift of the Estate of Ray McSavaney, donated in 2017.

Related Materials

Ray McSavaney Collection at The Huntington Library includes a significant portion of McSavaney’s photographic archive.

Separated Materials

16 prints in the Fine Print collection at CCP.

Processing Information

Processed by Alexis Peregoy in 2018.

Ray McSavaney collection, 1980-2014, bulk 1990-1993
Finding aid created by Alexis Peregoy
© 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

1030 N. Olive RD
Tucson Arizona 85721 United States