Digital Grange is a professional collective of experts specializing in fine art services including photography, custom printmaking, digital imaging, fine art supports and framing. The Digital Grange is Joseph McDonald, Bill Kane, and associates John Annesley and Hamish Hafter. All artists, each brings a high level of expertise and passion to Digital Grange. Joe has been the Head photographer of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco for the past 26 years.
Bill Kane is an internationally exhibiting artist, digital wizard and master printer. John is the foremost stretcher and support maker on the west coast and Hamish is a ruddy mad dog Englishman who makes really nice frames.
The Digital Grange studio is located in the historic 1898 Burdell Building just a few blocks from downtown Petaluma. Custom hand made stretchers and supports are made at John Annesley’s workshop in Healdsburg. The Petaluma studio houses our complete digital photo studio equipped with Sinar and Contax cameras fitted with Phase One and Better Light digital backs, Broncolor strobes, Northlight HID lights, Creo Eversmart Pro scanner and fully color profiled 44” and 64” HP DesignJet and Epson 11880 printers. The studio is also available for rent for professional photographers.
Their vision for Digital Grange is to not only provide the finest photography/custom printing available but also to provide a forum and gallery for art and artists which will include exhibitions, workshops and seminars. They see Digital Grange as a workshop, for the creation of, and showcase for the exhibition of, artworks employing techniques that include both traditional and digital printmaking processes.
Joe is a working commercial photographer, educator and artist. He has specialized in the photography of fine art and custom printing and has held the position of Photographer for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco since 1988. He received a BA from the University of Minnesota in Literature and Music, an MA from Arizona State in Humanities and another Master of Arts from San Francisco State University in Studio Art (Photography). In addition he also teaches Digital Photography at Santa Rosa Junior College. Some of his commercial clients include Pixar Animation Studios, Chronicle Books, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Corcoran Gallery, McSweeneys, Antiques Magazine, Hewlett Packard, The Chicago Art Institute, Winterthur, and many other museums, collectors, galleries and individual artists.
Joe’s personal artwork reflects interests in photography, printmaking and collage and the application of digital technology to the artistic process. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in the collections of The Stanford Art Museum, The Coos Bay Museum, Bank of America, the Ehrenfeld Collection, The MacNider Museum, The Goldyne Collection, AT&T, Pacific Telesis, and a number of other public and private collections.
Bill’s expertise is in photography, digital imaging and color correction. An artist himself, Bill is represented by Modernism gallery in San Francisco. He has a Masters Degree from San Francisco State in Fine Art Photography and a certificate in Multimedia Design and Production from NYU. He is professionally active as a fine artist internationally. His photographs and mixed media works have been extensively exhibited in the US, Europe and Asia since 1980 in over 20 one-man and 60 group shows. His work is represented in the collections of the Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfort, Germany, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the de Young Museums in San Francisco, CA, the Carnegie Mellon Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, the Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, the Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA, The Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, NW Ayer Advertising, New York, the Southland Corporation, Dallas, TX, and the Arthur Anderson Co, Chicago, IL among others.
His work has also been featured in a number of movies, including "Robocop" by Paul Verhoeven, "The Namesake" by Mira Nair, "Definitely Maybe" by Adam Brooks and “Just Wright” by Sanaa Hamri.
Bill was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship twice, in 1980 for Photography and again in 1991 for Painting. Further he was awarded grants from the Eyes and Ears Foundation twice, in 1979 and again in 1984. He is included in the Who's Who of American Art.