Michael Marks

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Doylestown, PA

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Artist's Biography

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.

Selected Exhibitions

Hatboro Federal Savings Bank, Warminster, PA

Manu Propria Photographic Studio, Staunton, VA

State of Pennsylvania Legislative Hearing Room, Harrisburg, PA

Gatherings Artist Gallery, Doylestown, PA

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

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


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

Professional Experience

Instructor, Delaware Valley University Center for Learning in Retirement

Workshop Instructor


Gatherings Artist CoOp, Doylestown, PA

Awards and Honors

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

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

Lectures and Talks

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


University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

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