Robert McCabe was born in Chicago in 1934 and grew up in Rye, New York. His father worked for a picture newspaper in New York City, and as a result of his father’s gift of a Kodak Baby Brownie in 1939, McCabe started taking photographs when he was five. His earliest quest was for newsworthy photographs and he gathered images of hurricanes, drownings, and auto and train accidents. His interests shifted to people, still life, and landscapes during three years in western Massachusetts where little of dramatic interest occurred.

His first photographs of Europe were the result of a trip in 1954 to France, Italy, and Greece.  He returned to Greece in 1955 and 1957 and photographed the Cyclades for National Geographic. His first job was a summer stint with the Associated Press in New York as a copy boy. Another summer he worked as a reporter for the Port Chester Daily Item under the legendary crime reporter Ralph Soda.

His black and white photos were first exhibited in 1954 and 1955 at Firestone Library at Princeton University, and in a traveling exhibition which ensued. During this period, he also appeared on television with Ambassador George Melas giving a photographic tour of Greece. In 1967, a selection of photographs was exhibited at the Olympic Gallery (now Olympic Tower) in New York City under the auspices of Spyros Skouras. The publication of his first book, Metamorphosis, was in 1979. Since then, he has published more than 15 books.

McCabe has exhibited his work in London, Paris, Brussels, and in many locations in Greece including: Athens, Patmos, Santorini, Thessaloniki, Monodendri, Corfu and Poros. He has also exhibited in the United States in New York City, Boston, and Jackson Hole, WY. 

His published books cover subjects and locations in Greece, France, Italy, New York City, New England, Havana, China, and Antarctica.

Currently, McCabe is working on several projects including books:  Portraits of the Greeks 1954-2017; The Greeks and Their Seas. His newest book, Santorini: Portrait of a Vanished Era, co-written with Margarita Pournara, was published in early 2020 by Abbeville Press (New York) and Patakis Publishers (Athens).


The Last Monk of Strafades

Memories from an Unknown Greek Island

Robert McCabe

Katerina Lymperopoulou

Now at the Benaki Museum Athens



“Dazzling full-color, four-season photographs…”

The New York Times

“Amply and beautifully illustrated…”

The New York Daily News

“McCabe’s ‘Greece: Images of an Enchanted Land’ captures a long-lost world…”

The National Herald


The Last Monk of the Strofades  – Academy of Athens award

The Ramble in Central Park –  Best in Nature Category, Foreword magazine 


July – Mykonos