Distinct in both style and technique, San Francisco-based photographer Mark Holthusen is best known for creating images that push the boundaries of traditional photography.
Mark's award-winning work has been lauded by Communication Arts, Graphis, American Photography and PDN. This year, Mark won the IPA Photographer of the Year Awards for both Advertising and Music, and was also nominated for the 2008 Lucie Photography Award for International Photographer of the Year. Mark was also recognized in LÃ¼rzer's Archive's 200 Best Ad Photographers of 2008/09.
After receiving his BFA in Photography and Sculpture in 1993, Mark began his career in the Czech Republic as an Art Director at DMB&B. He returned to San Francisco tto co-found a leading digital photography studio just five years later. Recognized for his creative innovation, Mark spoke on the intersection of art and technology at the prestigious TED conference in 2006.6.
In fall of 2006, Mark brought his vision to the opening of Roger Waters' opera, a Ira. Waters and Sony BMG Music asked Mark to replace traditional stage design with his images for the opera's debut in Rome. Over 120 of Mark's photographs served as the opera's sole visual narration and were met by international critical acclaim.m.
In 2007, Mark was selected by GSD&M and Kohler to create the seventh annual As I See It campaign. One of the country's most renowned advertising projects, As I See It has created a tradition of merging art and commerce by creating risky and unconventional visuals with a notable photographer each year. Mark'swork on this campaign proved to be multi-award winning including International Advertising Photographer of the Year and a Lucie award nomination.
While primarily known for creating bold advertising, Mark's editorial work also speaks to his persisting love for unusual Americana, eccentric people and nontraditional subjects. Born and raised in Renoa, Nevada, it's only fitting that Mark's past projects have included shooting everything from demolition derbies in Appalachia to brothels in Nevada to portraits of avant-garde musicians.cians.
Merging digital ingenuity, refined talent and a boundless imagination, Mark's images consistently embrace an elegant, painterly atmosphere. He continues to create challenging editorial and advertising projects for clients such as Honda, Napster, Microsoft, Kohler, Quest, Target and HBO.