Gary Mulcahey

In Spring 2012, Gary Mulcahey travelled with The Friends of Honduran Children to the Comayagua Mountains. He worked with a medical brigade as a volunteer and a photographer, capturing street portraits of everyday rural Hondurans.
When Denxel Areli Ullo and his mother came to one of the medical clinics, it was clear that the boy was suffering from very serious health problems and likely needed a liver transplant.
“I took this portrait so the medical team could include Denxel’s photo with letters sent to every children’s hospital and transplant centre in North and South America, England, Israel and Italy,” explains Gary. Dr. Kathy Chapman, lead physician of the Honduras Medical Brigade, says, “Gary’s picture turned the tide. They now had a face and it became very real to them.”
Many offers of help came in—from reviewing the case to finding a local primary care physician. A hospital in Brazil offered to provide care and treatment in their hospital; however, they couldn’t pay for the liver transplant. The medical brigade team will cover travel costs. Now everyone waits to learn if the final pieces will come together, both medically and financially.

Gary’s passion for photography started at 11 years of age when his father lent him his first camera—a Yashica twin lens reflex—and set him up with a black and white darkroom. While the other children took their first jobs delivering newspapers, Gary was at the local baseball diamonds and rinks taking and selling team photos.
 At age 22, Gary attended the Photography Program at Fanshawe College in London Ontario.  By age 25 he was working as a full time freelance photographer producing images for magazines, advertising, the performing arts, and private and corporate clients. He has lived and worked in Toronto, Dublin and Madrid.
Gary’s work has been published in television and print media including a variety of magazines such as National Post: Business, MD Canada, Canadian Diamonds, Up Here, and Watershed. Recent books include Private Gardens of Northumberland Hills (2011), an exclusive showing of Gary’s garden photography, and Comayagua (2012), a collection of portraits and landscapes from impoverished rural mountain communities in Honduras.
Gary was born and raised in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. He now makes his home in the Hills of Northumberland County Ontario where he operates Mulcahey Image Company. In his spare time he road races motorcycles and manages his small organic vegetable garden.