Michael Marks

Michael Marks

    Doylestown, PA

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    Photography

    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.

    In 2012 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 courses I developed at Delaware Valley University’s Center for Learning in Retirement and Temple University’s Lifelong Learning Society.

    In 2020, I founded The Monalog™ Collective and serve as its President. Monalog is a group of black and white film photographers who create images using traditional wet printing methods and materials such as silver gelatin paper in the darkroom or alternative processes and papers they coat themselves. The collective is made up of like-minded photographers operating at a high skill level that has formed to promote black and white analog photography, the industry that supports it. It fosters the growth of our community through membership and engagement with others, individually and through broader collaborative activity – www.monalogcollective.com.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    2018
    Colorida Art Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal 

    2018
    Bodhi Coffee, Philadelphia, PA  

    2017
    Red Filter Fine Art Photography Gallery, Lambertville, NJ 

    2016
    Hatboro Federal Savings Bank, Warminster, PA

    Manu Propria Photographic Studio, Staunton, VA

    1984
    State of Pennsylvania Legislative Hearing Room, Harrisburg, PA

    Group
    2020
    27th Annual Phillips Mill Photographic Exhibition, Phillips Mill, New Hope, PA

    2018
    Photo Review Photography Competition Exhibition of Prize-Winning Images, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    2018 Photo Review Photography Competition Exhibition, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Pennsylvania Center for Photography, Americana Exhibition, Doylestown, PA 

    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

    Publications

    Michael Marks: A Thoughtful, Unhurried Approach Reveals Peaceful Beauty,
    Radius Magazine, Issue 046, December 2018,

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

    Professional Experience

    2020
    Co-Founder, President and Member, Monalog Collective

    2016 – 2019 
    Instructor, Delaware Valley University Center for Learning in Retirement: Living a Photographic Life; and Planning and Creating a Photographic Project

    Instructor, Temple University Lifelong Learning Society: Living a Photographic Life

    2016 – Present  
    Workshop Instructor, Michael Marks Photography  

    Affiliations

    Gatherings Artist CoOp, Doylestown, PA
    Red Filter Fine Art Gallery, www.redfiltergallery.com

    Awards and Honors

    2020
    Spencer Saunders Award, 2020 Phillips Mill Photographic Exhibition

    2018
    Fifth Place, 2018 Photo Review Photography Competition 

    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

    Lectures and Talks

    2020
    “Michael Marks Photographer”, Delaware Valley University, Center for Learning in Retirement, Doylestown, PA

    2019
    “Michael Marks Photographer”, Delaware Valley University, Center for
    Learning in Retirement, Doylestown, PA

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

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

    Education

    1978
    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    MPIA

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