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


Kumba Roller Coaster at Busch Gardens in Tampa by Carl Purcell


Riverboat on the Mississippi by Carl Purcell


Steamboat on Mississippi by Carl Purcell


Toto I Don't Think we're in Kansas Anymore by Carl Purcell


Beauty in a Pink Bikini by Carl Purcell


The Lion Roars in Kenya by Carl Purcell


Barn and Log Cabin in Virginia by Carl Purcell


Cape Buffalos in Kenya by Carl Purcell


Male Ostrich Guards Eggs in South Africa by Carl Purcell


The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Carl Purcell


Zebra for Lunch in Kenya by Carl Purcell


Teen-Age Cheetahs with Attitude by Carl Purcell


Rabbi at Wailing Wall in Jerusalem by Carl Purcell


Basket for Sale in Bali by Carl Purcell


Shah Mosque in Tehran by Carl Purcell


Cool Drink at Dragon Fountain by Carl Purcell


Church Above Wailing Wall in Jerusalem by Carl Purcell


Soldier in Tel-Aviv Israel by Carl Purcell


Fire Juggler in Israel by Carl Purcell


Couple at Penne Palace in Sintra Portugal by Carl Purcell


Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem by Carl Purcell


Aerial View of White House in DC by Carl Purcell


Rooftops in Lisbon, Portugal by Carl Purcell


City Hall in Sintra Portugal by Carl Purcell


Exploring a New World by Carl Purcell


Under the Rainbow in Brazil by Carl Purcell


Leopard Woman at Fantasy Fest by Carl Purcell


The Girl from Ipenema 1 by Carl Purcell


Snake Charmer in Pakistan by Carl Purcell


String Bikinis for Sale by Carl Purcell


Spiral staircase by I.M. Pei by Carl Purcell


The Eye in London by Carl Purcell


Sphinx on Embankment in London by Carl Purcell


Footbridge in Central London by Carl Purcell


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