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Rick McAllister

Rick McAllister

Rick took up photography in 1970 when he returned home from Vietnam. “I had a corporate job in New York City and during my lunch breaks, I would walk down 6th Avenue and stroll through the KODAK gallery. I got hooked, bought my first Canon camera, and the rest as they say, is history.”

After 18 years in the corporate world, including a year in the U.S. House of Representatives on a Congressional Assistant Program, Rick followed up with residency in Colorado Springs, in Islamorada (Florida Keys), and here in St. Augustine where he has lived for the past 15 years.

His photographic interests have included macro photography, graphic design and layout work, and natural light portrait work.

Having a lifelong fascination with Ernest Hemingway, Ansel Adams, and Clyde Butcher, it was an easy transition to photojournalism and documentary photography, and to the creation of his highly acclaimed Olde South Series. This black & white series has been seen in exhibits throughout the South and is a part of private and corporate collections throughout the United States. His lectures on The Olde South Series define him as a “visual historian.”

In addition to photography, Rick enjoys scuba diving, standup paddle boarding, riding his Harley, adventure travel, and spending time with his daughter, Lauren, and her family. He recently walked 500 miles across Spain on the Camino de Santiago which he refers to as “one of the great experiences of my life.”

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