Michael Marks

Photography


Contact Information

Doylestown, PA
e-mail: Michael Marks
www.michaelmarksphoto.com
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Artist Bio

I have been making black and white film photographs and prints in the darkroom for over 45 years. I started when I was a kid growing up in Buffalo, NY, with a Kodak Brownie my parents gave me. Things moved into high gear when I got my first Instamatic and then my Argus C3. When I was 15 the next major step occurred – my parents let me set up my first darkroom in our small basement.

I am largely a self-taught “amateur”, having never attempted to make a living from photography. That said, I have taken some classes as electives in college, read a lot, self discovered a lot more, made many great friends near and far, had my work exhibited as career and family time would allow and attended some interesting workshops along the way with the likes of John Sexton, Henry Gilpin, Steve, Szabo, Michael Smith, Paula Chamlee and Frank Van Riper.

Several years ago I abandoned a safe existence living in the metropolitan Washington, DC area, for as some like to say “something different”, and moved to Doylestown Pennsylvania. I recently launched a website and write a weekly blog dedicated to black and white film photography, the magic of the darkroom, and the community that loves it — www.michaelmarksphoto.com. I have also started teaching photography workshops, holding periodic “Photo Chat Get-Togethers”, exhibiting my work again, and teaching a course called “Living a Photographic Life” at Delaware Valley University’s Center for Learning in Retirement.

Education

1978
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
MPIA

1976
State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
BA, graduating Cum Laude with Department Honors

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2016
Hatboro Federal Savings Bank, Warminster, PA

Manu Propria Photographic Studio, Staunton, VA

1984
State of Pennsylvania Legislative Hearing Room, Harrisburg, PA

Group
2016
Gatherings Artist Gallery, Doylestown, PA

1985
The Art League Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA
Multiple shows

Other
2016
Host periodic “Photo Chat Get-Togethers” Doylestown, PA

Awards and Honors

1988
First Place, Photography Award, US Department of State FARA Art and Photography Show

Best of Show, US Department of State FARA Art and Photography Show

1985
The Art League Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA
multiple awards

Professional Experience

2016
Instructor, Delaware Valley University Center for Learning in Retirement

Workshop Instructor

Affiliations

Gatherings Artist CoOp, Doylestown, PA

Lectures and Talks

2016
“Michael Marks Photographer”, Delaware Valley University, Center for Learning in Retirement, Doylestown, PA

Publications

Best of Photography Annual, 1985, Photographer’s Forum Magazine – “Award of Excellence”

Images copyright © Michael Marks

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