Maxim Muir Biography

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Maxim Muir has been a photographer since the age of eight. He began photographing activities around his neighborhood with a simple box camera in black and white, which were developed and printed at the local town drugstore. In his mid teens, his skills were at a point that he became the photographer for the local town newspaper, The Granville Sentinel. That newspaper was owned, along with six others, by Congressman John Ashbrook. Max processed and printed photos for the other Ashbrook papers during the summers of 1975 and 1976.

After graduating from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1979, Max began working for Denison University in Granville, Ohio as a multimedia photographer, producing audio visual educational materials. During the 1980’s, he operated a wedding photography and portrait business, and continued doing custom fine art black and white printing for other photographers. His first photography exhibit was in 1986 for the Indiana Fine Arts Council in Indianapolis, Indiana. Max wrote a series of articles for Darkroom Techniques magazine, and did extensive proofreading and revisions for the first edition of The Darkroom Cookbook by Stephen Anchell.

Max’s favorite forms of photography are architectural studies, especially of disappearing architectural forms found in small towns throughout the Midwest, and light and shadow abstract studies of the same subject. He also enjoys photographing people candidly in an environmental context.

Max draws his biggest inspiration from the work of John Sexton, whom he considers to be the greatest living practitioner of black and white photography. He also counts among his favorites the pioneering landscape work of William Henry Jackson, the street scene tableaux of André Kertész, and the intimate environmental portrait work of Bruce Davidson.