McNair Evans grew up in a small farming town in North Carolina and found photography while studying cultural anthropology at Davidson College. He continued his education through one-on-one mentorships with highly acclaimed pioneers of new documentary practices, Mike Smith of Johnson City, TN and Magnum Photographer Alec Soth. His pictures draw parallels between the lives of individuals and universal shared experiences and are most recognized for a distinct and metaphoric use of light.
McNair’s photographs have appeared both in exhibition settings, numerous editorial publications such as Harper’s Magazine, and the cover of William Faulkner’s novel Flags in the Dust. Confessions for a Son, November 2013-January 2014 at San Francisco’s RayKo Gallery was the first major solo exhibition of McNair’s work and a corresponding monograph will be released by San Francisco’s Owl & Tiger Books October, 2014. He has received many awards such as inclusion in “The Visual South: New Super Stars of Southern Art” #36, by Jason Fulford, Oxford American, 2012 and CENTER’s Curator’s Choice Award juried by SFMOMA Assistant Curator Erin O’Toole.