About Mark Reid Fine Art Photography

When I was eight years old I was given a Kodak Hawkeye camera and I made my first black and white negatives, which I still have in my archives. I have always enjoyed shooting photographs and seeing the results. At the age of fourteen I began to create slide presentations of events in my life. These presentations gave me a platform to speak from and to show my photographs. My series of images of urban landscapes evolved from a visit I made to New York City in 1977. A friend who was studying painting while attending Pratt Institute and I walked around the city streets looking for forms that constituted art. As young art students we were looking for our vision and exercising the art philosophies we had learned in art school. My painter friend and I influenced each other’s vision as we discovered hidden treasures among the blight of the urban environment. After this visit I began to photograph found objects that I perceived to be forms of art. My objective was to isolate these objects so that they stood alone as an image. This concept has evolved into many facets and still contributes to the way I perceive every environment I photograph in today. These days my passion to create drives me to make photographs. In the past thirty years many experiences have impacted my perception of the environment and artistic vision. One piece that has stayed true and continues to drive me is my passion for creating. No matter if it is creating a new dish for dinner or making a photograph I must be creative every day. This takes many forms, but the true act of creating for me is when I work in photography. This is a discipline where I have the most experience and understanding of the craft so that I can produce imagery that reflects my perspective with the most success. My photographs continue to evolve as I explore new ways of seeing images, and pushing the film to capture these visions.
"Mark is a damn fine photographer!!"
Cole Weston

"Mark's photographs serve as a kind of lens conducting the imagination of the viewer beyond the material and formal attributes of photography to a consideration of the myth of art itself and what in its most exalted manifestation the artist believes what art does."
The Salt Lake Tribune

"Reid reduces the environment within his lens to its essence capturing an irreducibly abstract composition, as beautifully balanced as his predeceasing Modernists."
Focus Santa Fe

Selected Exhibitions:
Quay School of Fine Arts, Whanganui New Zealand
Bang and Olufsen Istinye Park, Istanbul Turkey
ARWI International Art Fair, San Juan Puerto Rico
Bang and Olufsen an der Borse, Frankfurt Germany
Images Gallery, New York City
Galeria Galou, Brooklyn
New Mexico Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe
Farmington Museum, Farmington, NM
Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, North Carolina
Los Angeles Center For Digital Art
Infusion Gallery, Los Angeles
Denver Art Museum
Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins
Eye and I Gallery, Denver
Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, Connecticut
Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, Mississippi
Camerawork Gallery, Portland, Oregon
PhotoZone Gallery, Eugene
Newport Visual Art Center, Newport, Oregon
Corvallis Arts Center, Corvallis
Guistina Gallery,Oregon State University
Sunbird Gallery, Bend
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City
Salt Lake Art Center
Utah Museum of Natural History
Brigham Young University
Kimball Arts Center, Park City
Weber State College
Eccles Community Art Center, Ogden
Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City
Gayle Weyher Gallery, Salt Lake City
The Cliff Lodge, Snowbird
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Columbus Museum of Arts and Sciences
Columbus State University

Selected Collections:
Denver Art Museum
High Museum of Art
Utah Museum of Fine Art
Utah Art Council
AT & T
Snowbird Institute
Columbus State University
Columbus Art Museum
Publications: Focus Santa Fe, June/July 2008 Spectra ’07 National Photography Biennial, Silvermine Guild Arts Center catalog, New Canaan, Connecticut, October 2007 Ana 35: A National Juried Exhibition, Holter Museum catalog, Helena, Montana, August 2007 Ponderosa Promise: A History of U.S. Forest Service Research in Central Oregon, Les Joslin, 2007 Five Magazine Volume 14, April 2007 Photoshop CS2 Artistry, Authors Barry Haynes and Wendy Crumpler, 2007 Mistry Guild, the true oracle of poetry & art, Vol 1, 1999 Charting The Future: A Strategic Plan for the Pacific Northwest Research Station, 1996 Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine, April 1995 Pierpont Tapestries, Salt Lake Art Center 1988 2020 Vision, Utah Arts Festival Foundation, Inc. 1986 Columbus State University; Spectrum Productions Columbus State University 1972-73 Aperture, Spectrum Publication Columbus State University 1973 and 1974