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


Dying to Smoke by Carl Purcell


Winged Victory by Carl Purcell


A Farewell to Arms by Carl Purcell


A Spiritual Experience by Carl Purcell


Party Line in Defuniak Springs by Carl Purcell


The Three Graces by Carl Purcell


Starvation in Ethiopia by Carl Purcell


The Majestic Matterhorn by Carl Purcell


A Matter of Honor by Carl Purcell


Swiss Alps in Winter #1 by Carl Purcell


Lake Union and Seattle Skyline by Carl Purcell


Horseback Riders at Giza in Egypt by Carl Purcell


Flags on the Mall in Washington DC by Carl Purcell


Pony Ride with Gramps by Carl Purcell


Splendor on the Grass by Carl Purcell


View of Falucca on the Nile by Carl Purcell


Screwed Again by Carl Purcell


Rusting Japanese Tank in Micronesia by Carl Purcell


Frozen Tears of Baby Harp Seal by Carl Purcell


Feeding my Donkey in Brazil by Carl Purcell


Carmen Miranda Balloon in Albuquerque by Carl Purcell


Indiscreet Exposure by Carl Purcell


Golden Angels on Paris Opera House by Carl Purcell


Detail on Tomb of Leonardo di Vinci by Carl Purcell


Heavenly Angel at Louvre by Carl Purcell


Beauty in Ixtapa Mexico by Carl Purcell


Famous Last Words by Carl Purcell


Man in Nice at Flower Festival by Carl Purcell


Riding Habit in Cotswolds by Carl Purcell


Aerial View of Boulder Dam by Carl Purcell


Bridge over Seine in Paris by Carl Purcell


Tomb of Leonardo di Vinci in France by Carl Purcell


Mosque in Bomako, Niger by Carl Purcell


Abraham Lincoln by Carl Purcell


Tuba Player at Mardi Gras by Carl Purcell


Beautiful Woman at Ixtapa Westin by Carl Purcell


Brother and Sister in Trinidad by Carl Purcell


Ramses and Queen at Abu Simbal by Carl Purcell


Mercury over Grand Central Station by Carl Purcell


Nomadic Joker in Senegal by Carl Purcell


Giant Smart Luggage in Paris by Carl Purcell


Sleeping Baby in Timbuktu by Carl Purcell


Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale 2 by Carl Purcell


Taj Mahal in Agra India by Carl Purcell


Barge on Burgandy Canal by Carl Purcell


Trans-Am and Victorian Buildings by Carl Purcell


Bad Shahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan by Carl Purcell


Bike Head in Key West Florida by Carl Purcell