Craig Morey was
born and raised in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, in the Midwestern U.S. He
attended Indiana University and studied with the noted Bauhaus
artist, Henry Holmes Smith. After graduation,, Morey moved to California,
where he and a group of other young photographers founded San
Francisco Camerawork, the first nonprofit center for photography on
the West Coast. Camerawork Gallery was (and continues to be)
devoted to showing the newest and most innovative work in contemporary
photography. Morey served as Executive Director of SF Camerawork
from its founding until 1981.
During the same
period, Morey's personal work with abstract and whimsical black
& white nudes garnered numerous exhibitions and awards, including
a Special Jury Prize at the International Triennial of Photography
in Friebourg, Switzerland, and First Prize at the California
State Exposition. He was also named one of five worldwide "Discoveries"
by the editors of Time-Life' Books.
left San Francisco Camerawork to pursue a free-lance photography
career. His clients since then have included hundreds of magazines,
such as Architectural Digest, San Francisco Focus, California
Magazine, Interview, Newsweek, Penthouse, Cupido, and the Journal
of Erotica. He has also done assignments for corporate clients, including Apple
Computer, The Gap, Bechtel, Levi Strauss, Avon, Neutrogena
and Wells Fargo Bank.
1988, working on assignment for Penthouse, Morey began creating
a series of striking black & white nudes which appeared in
numerous publications in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. A hardcover
monograph of selections from this Penthouse project, Studio Nudes, was published in 1992. A second book of images, Body/Expression/Silence, was released in Japan
in 1994, and another Japanese monograph, Linea, was published by Korinsha
Press of Kyoto, in 1996. Morey's next collection,
Century Studio Nudes, was released in German, French
and English by Glaspalast Edition of Augsburg Germany.
Craig Morey lives
and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.