Professor McInnis received his BFA in Film, Photography and the Visual Arts from Ithaca College and received his MFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design.
He taught as an Assistant Professor at Ithaca College from 1997-1999 where he continued work on digital collages involving the sociological and ethical implications of cloning and eugenics. From 2000–2003, he lived in the United Arab Emirates where he taught as an Assistant Professor of Photography for the Department of Visual Communications at The American University in Dubai.
In 2003 he moved to New York where he taught for the Department of English at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) and in the Department of Photography at the School of Visual Arts. At SVA, he conducted courses in black and white craft and fashion photography.
He is currently working on a project entitled Presence, a survey of formal portraits, captured with an 8x10 field camera and color film. Professor McInnis was recently accepted as a semifinalist in the triennial 2016 Outwin Boochever Award Competition with the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution. He also received third prize in Photo Review’s 2015 International Competition.
Prof. McInnis's work has been published in Silvershotz, Photo Review, Dodho Magazine and Square Space Magazine. He has had recent exhibitions at Springfield Museum of Art, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Otterbein University, University of the Arts Philadelphia, and the University of Toledo.
Other areas of interest/study:
- Contemporary Photographic Theory
- Mass Media and Gender
- Vintage Group Photography
- Histories of Photography