Christopher Wray-McCann was born in Detroit. At the age of 16 began studying photography at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Starting that early meant he spent as much time in a darkroom developing film and photos before moving into the digital space. He went on to the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore to continue studying, majoring in photojournalism. While working at a dark room in Los Angeles, a mentor of his created a list of contacts that might hire him, and he worked off that list one by one, launching his career in the music industry.
He began by photographing album covers, and as the industry shifted with the rise of digital music so did Christopher’s work. He started directing music videos and embedding with bands to photograph their lives on the road and create tour books. It changed the way he worked, teaching him to be a “fly on the wall”, to allow for photographs to present themselves as reality unfolded in front of his lens. A collection of his rock and roll photographs titled “Midnight Miles” was published by Simon and Schuster in 2006.
This way of witnessing expanded his worldview and caught the eye of multiple clients who he worked with parallel to his music photography. He would frequently leave tour to connect with Condé Nast Traveler, Rolling Stone, Popular Mechanics, Esquire, and GQ for broader editorials. He also shot commercial work for Apple, AT&T, Budweiser, Ford, JetBlue, Levi’s, Marlboro, Miller, Nokia, Oakley, Ray-Ban, and Sony.
Christopher’s biggest passion is using his talents for larger impact, working with non-profits like Doctors Without Borders and UNICEF. Christopher has won several awards for his advertising work including an Addy and a feature in the PDN Annual.
Christopher currently lives in Hollywood, CA.