Dr. John McQuade was born in Towson, MD and lived there until leaving for college at Yale University. He went on to earn his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and moved to New Bern in 1978 where he has been practicing medicine for 40 years, specializing in both Internal Medicine and Cardiology.
John got his first camera when he was 12 and has had a love for photography ever since. His passion for fine art photography grew when he attended a large format black and white workshop with renowned photographer Fred Picker, in Putney, Vermont in 1980. He returned from the workshop with plans to build a darkroom in his home. He was hooked.
Since then, he has attended other workshops, including two with John Sexton, a widely acclaimed black and white photographer, who himself had the opportunity of learning from Ansel Adams. John’s earlier photography was shot and developed in black and white, where he learned to focus on fine details found in landscapes throughout the United States.
His appreciation for natural beauty is evident in his photography. The most simple things are transformed into images that can take viewers to another place. He can bring us to a southern plantation in the mid-1800s just as easily as he can to the extraordinary plush mountain range in another country. We are there with him, enjoying the moment as if our own.
Over the years, Dr. McQuade has photographed areas all over the United States and he has ventured into Canada, Ireland, Italy, and most recently, Iceland. His travels always bring him back home where he has great enthusiasm for photographing along our coast and in our mountains. He has also nurtured an interest in floral photography. John continues to master various techniques; moving from developing black and white photographs in the darkroom to creating digital images on the computer.
He enjoys spending time with his wife, Diane, their three daughters, and seven grandchildren.