Carl Purcell Fine Art







Carl Purcell

Carl Purcell Fine Art

Michigan City, IN


My camera has been a passport to adventure. It has allowed me to span continents at the speed of sound. I have carried my camera to the depths of the ocean to explore coral reefs and swim through shimmering schools of silver fish. It has unlocked doors from ancient castles and mud huts on the edge of the Sahara. I have photographed presidents and marched with Martin Luther King. I invite you to share my adventures through my images on this site.

Photography is a powerful medium, enhanced by the Internet. Today we live in a global village and Fine Art America is an art museum that provides a showcase for anyone with talent and an Internet connection. It is inspiring to see what people from all parts of the world have created. It is like walking through the galleries of the Louvre, the Hermitage and the Prado.

My first job with the government was as the photographer on the Peace Corps staff. My first day on the job I left on a trip around the world. In the following years I visited volunteers on remote islands in the Pacific and isolated villages in Africa, my camera recording over a million images of these idealistic young Americans and the people they worked with. John Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" and their response is history.

Eventually my travels took me to just over 100 countries including all of Africa and Europe. I was inspired by Ernest Hemingway, Ansel Adams Cartier Bresson and Jaques Costeau.

My photography has been published in LIFE, LOOK, PARADE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, PARIS MATCH and STERN in Germany and my column "The Traveling Camera" appeared in almost every major newspaper in North America. I also wrote a monthly column in POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY magazine for 17 years. My commercial images are available on Corbis, that image archive owned by Bill Gates. Some of my photographs have even been displayed in his home.

Many of these images are also available for editorial or advertising use at or Or you can contact me directly at or by phone at (352) 989-3552.

Carl Purcell
1400 East Coolspring Avenue, Apt. 214
Michigan City, Indiana 46360


Pedestrian Walkway in London by Carl Purcell


On the Edge of Paradise by Carl Purcell


Entrance to Somerset House by Carl Purcell


The Kiss in Valparaiso by Carl Purcell


Aerial View of Tributary to Lake Powell by Carl Purcell


Saxophone Player in Valpo by Carl Purcell


The Snooty Wine Sniffer by Carl Purcell


Unique Architecture at Sintra in Portugal by Carl Purcell


Satyr Seducing a Wood Nymph by Carl Purcell


My Leg Went to Sleep in London by Carl Purcell


The Mythical Beast of Persepolis by Carl Purcell


Broken Bike and Broken Dreams by Carl Purcell


Madonna with Child in Calcutta by Carl Purcell


Bad Shahi Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan by Carl Purcell


Thomas Jefferson by Carl Purcell


Wailing Wall in Jerusalem by Carl Purcell


Vertigo in Valparaiso in Chile by Carl Purcell


flag butt by Carl Purcell


Gobi Desert, China by Carl Purcell


Tropical Paradise by Carl Purcell


Aquarium in Monterey California by Carl Purcell


In Vino Veritas by Carl Purcell


100 Miles per Gallon by Carl Purcell


A woman who loves cats and children by Carl Purcell


London Footbridge by Carl Purcell


A Rose by any Other Name by Carl Purcell


Dreams of Glory by Carl Purcell


76 Trombones Lead the Big Parade by Carl Purcell


Man out standing in his field by Carl Purcell


Very Ugly Bird in Kenya by Carl Purcell


Rodeo in Kissimmee by Carl Purcell


Green Madonna in Santiago by Carl Purcell


Poverty in Bombay by Carl Purcell


Pro-Choice Crowds at March in DC by Carl Purcell


Tower Bridge at Sunset by Carl Purcell


Aerial View of White House in DC by Carl Purcell


Traffic on Golden Gate Bridge by Carl Purcell


Christmas Eve in Washington DC by Carl Purcell


Best Knockers in Dublin by Carl Purcell


The Great Hall at the British Museum by Carl Purcell


Golden Light on DC Mall by Carl Purcell


Alamo Square in San Francisco by Carl Purcell


After the Earthquake by Carl Purcell


Full Moon over Floating Restaurant in Hong Kong by Carl Purcell


Beach at Barcelona in Spain 3 by Carl Purcell


The Lonliest Road in America by Carl Purcell


Mosque in Morocco by Carl Purcell


Mona Lisa's Smile by Carl Purcell