Photos by Chris McGee
“Let your community inspire you.”
Chris McGee is a photographer who currently resides in Meridian, Mississippi. Before becoming a photographer, Chris McGee served his country as Chief Petty Officer for the United States Navy. He retired after 24 years in 2020. In 2018, he began his photography career. “I initiated my photography career in 2018 because of my passion and a keen eye for the art,” he says. “I also enjoy videography, but photography is my first love.”
Chris McGee served his country as Chief Petty Officer for the United States Navy. He retired after 24 years in 2020. Photo courtesy of Chris McGee.
His photography is mostly inspired by Gordon Parks. “I love his contributions to art and what he stood for, especially using photography and moving images as a way to escape the negatives and inequalities of life,” Chris says. He is also inspired and involved with the photographers in the local scenes around Mississippi like Mitch C. Davis, Terrell Winters, Supa Images, Antwon Hatfield, Meka Matthews, Bryson McDonald, Terrence Smith, and Kendall Davis. “These photographers are all great and professional in their own unique way,” Chris says. “They are humble and have no time for competition because they are honing their skill level, and that inspires me.”
Model: Shantelle Thomas. Chris’ most recent project was Black History Month themed. The project took place on Farish Street in Jackson, Mississippi. Farish Street was once the largest economically independent Black community in the state.
His most recent project was Black History Month themed. The project took place on Farish Street in Jackson, Mississippi. Farish Street was once the largest economically independent Black community in the state.
Chris hopes to expand his business and brand to more cities. The goal is to become a nationwide name in photography and videography. For now, Chris continues his life of service as a firefighter for the Department of Defense. This year has been successful for Chris McGee. His work has been published in In The City Magazine (Atlanta) and DUENDE Magazine. With camera in hand, Chris simply wants to continue to get better. “I want to provide quality and, most importantly, unique content that lifts and satisfies people,” Chris explains. “I’m motivated to become the best photographer and videographer I can be.”
To learn more about Chris McGee, visit his website and follow him on Facebook and Instagram.