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Craig’s photography has a majestic quality that creates the illusion of movement. His mastery of light pulls your eyes across each of the vast landscapes he captures. The various textured elements accentuate the story and connect you to the subject of each photograph.
When you look at Craig’s work you can’t help but reflect upon just how beautiful our world truly is.The magic began at the age of 14. Craig recalls the wonderful experience of seeing a photographic print miraculously appear in the tray for the first time in a makeshift darkroom; illuminated only by the glow of a few Christmas tree lights. Later, after a chance encounter with a famous west coast master photographer and viewing his work on the walls of a small photography gallery, Craig made the momentous decision to become a photographer. He enrolled in an art program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology and later worked with famed photographer Paul Caponigro in Santa Fe, where Craig has lived since 1985.
Since the opening of his first major one-man show at the Albuquerque Museum of Art in 1994, he has won accolades for his work exhibited in museums and galleries across the country. He has published seven books of his photographs, focusing primarily in black and white, on the varied landscape and people of New Mexico and the American west.
Craig’s new book, “Landscape Dreams, A New Mexico Portrait,” was released on October 1st. Landscape Dreams pays homage to New Mexico’s ancient history and the details of everyday life in ninety beautifully reproduced photographs, accompanied by three essays by well-known New Mexican writers. The photographs were made over the nearly three decades that he has lived and worked in New Mexico, offering a remarkably complete, varied, and original portrait of the state many call the “Land of Enchantment.” Take a look at his portfolio of images, some of which can be found in his new book and on his liveBooks website. The book is available from Amazon.com. Personalized and autographed copies are also available from the photographer’s studio.
His clients include HBO, Pacifico Beer, Progressive Insurance, Gatorade, Nike and many more. His work has been recognized by Communication Arts Photo Annual, Graphis Photo Annual, Archive 200 Best Ad Photographers Annual, The One Show and Photo District News “30 Photographers Under 30.”
Mark’s clients include: Patagonia, Columbia Sportswear, Red Bull, The North Face, National Geographic, Outside, Backpacker, ESPN, and the Huffington Post.