55: Charles Anthony Darr

Categories: 100 Creatives

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives

Charles Anthony Darr, Self Portrait
Charles Anthony Darr grew up in Maryvale and is currently living and working in Phoenix. The photographer says he grew up in a lower income household, but that his parents made sure to save each year for a vacation in the summer. They'd often go camping in the Redwood Forrest, Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National park, and during these trips, Darr was allowed to use his mother's camera.

"This association married my love for nature with photography," he says. "Yet, as the years have gone by, and I have continued to look through old photographs from those formative years, I have learned that the subject of my viewing interest is not the breathtaking sights of nature that I was able to capture, but rather the sensation of an experience."

Charles Anthony Darr
I came to Phoenix with . . . my first breath.

I make art because . . . I believe I make photographs for many reasons, not the least of which are:

1) my own enjoyment.

2) my pathology for holding onto every moment of my life, good and bad alike.

3) to explore the possibilities of photographic images.

I'm most productive when . . .

1) I am working to satiate my need to investigate an idea or feeling.

2) I am discomforted.

Charles Anthony Darr
My inspiration wall is full of . . .

1) memories.

2) conjectures.

I've learned the most from . . .

1) my parents.

2) quiet observation.

3) Classical Greek philosophers have been helpful.

Good work should always . . .

1) be made with the mindfulness that its creation will become only the most recent of many contributions made by many minds to an ongoing dialogue.

2) (to borrow from Stephen Shore) be "consciously casual."

Charles Anthony Darr
The Phoenix creative scene could use more . . .

1) sincerity.

2) (to borrow from Paul Graham) "The point is that we need the smart, erudite and eloquent people in the art world, the clever curators and writers, those who do get it, to take the time to speak seriously about the nature of such photography, and articulate something of its dazzlingly unique qualities, to help the greater art world, and the public itself understand the nature of the creative act when you dance with life itself - when you form the meaningless world into photographs, then form those photographs into a meaningful world."

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas
99. Isaac Caruso
98. Brandon Gore
97. Kelsey Dake
96. Hector Ruiz
95. Caroline Battle
94: Jennifer Campbell
93. Jeff Chabot
92. Tiffiney Yazzie
91. Daniel Germani
90. Irma Sanchez
89. Daniel m. Davis
88. Kirstin Van Cleef
87. Emmett Potter
86. Sarah Hurwitz
85. Christine Cassano
84. Fred Tieken
83. Lindsay Kinkade
82. Ruben Galicia
81. Robert Uribe
80. Heidi Abrahamson
79. Josephine Davis
78. Travis Ladue
77. Taz Loomans
76. Mikey Jackson
75. Alex Empty
74. Joe Ray
73. Carol Roque
72. Daniel Funkhouser
71. Carla Chavarria
70. Hugo Medina
69. Cavin Costello
68. Claire Carter
67. Lindsay Tingstrom
66. Catherine Ruane
65. Christopher Crosby
64. Aaron Johnson
63. Brenda Eden
62. a href="http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/jackalope/2012/07/colton_brock_phoenix_art_creatives.php" target="_blank">Colton Brock
61. Ernesto Moncada
60. Benjamin Phillips
59. Brad Armstrong
58. Angela Hardison
57. Tyler Quinn
56. Andrew James Benson

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