Craig Morey


Craig Morey is an American photographer, born (1952) and raised in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, in the Midwestern U.S. Beginning in 1970 he attended Indiana University and studied with the noted Bauhaus artist, Henry Holmes Smith. In 1974, Morey graduated and moved to California, where he and a group of other young photographers founded San Francisco Camerawork, the first nonprofit center for photography on the US 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 in their "Photography Year" annual.

In 1981, Morey left San Francisco Camerawork to pursue a free-lance photography career. His clients since then have included numerous magazines, such as Architectural Digest, San Francisco Focus, California Magazine, Interview, Newsweek, Penthouse, Cupido, and the Journal of Erotica. He has also worked for corporate clients, including Apple Computer, The Gap, Bechtel Corp., Levi Strauss, Avon, Neutrogena and Wells Fargo Bank.

Beginning in 1988, working on assignment for Penthouse, Morey began creating a series of striking black & white nudes which appeared in numerous erotic art publications in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. A hardcover monograph of selections from this Penthouse project, Studio Nudes, was published in the fall of 1992. A second book of images, titled Body/Expression/Silence, was released in Japan in 1994, and another Japanese monograph, Linea, was published by Korinsha Press of Kyoto, in 1996. A fourth monograh, Twentieth Century Studio Nudes, was released in 2001, in German, French and English by Glaspalast Edition of Augsburg Germany.

A great deal of Morey's work in the 1990's moved toward a very stylized and iconic art bondage theme. The legendary "fetish diva" and rigger, Midori, chose Morey to photograph her first book, The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage, and they continued to collaborate on various projects, including a documentary film by noted director Tony Cane-Honeysett, entitled Mondo Bondo, released in 2007.

Recently, Morey's photos have been included in many published fine art collections, including New Erotic Photography (Taschen), Best International Nudes Index, and Naked (Feierabend), Best of Bondage (Goliath), Erotica, The Nude in Contemporary Photography (Akt Photo Akt), and The Mammoth Book of Erotic Photography (Constable Robinson UK).

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