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Mark was raised in a small beach community outside of NYC where at an early age he became deeply immersed in surfing, skateboarding, and underground music. As a competitive surfer and later a touring musician Mark was able to travel the globe and participate in a myriad of emerging cultures.

It was during this time that he began documenting his experiences through photography, which eventually led him to pursue a degree in visual arts.

Mark’s aesthetic is rooted in authenticity. His signature timeless look is always filled with emotional resonance, though his images and films are not necessarily dictated by just one set of visual devices. As a photographer and creative director Mark approaches each project with a fresh lens, creating unique visual stories custom tailored for every assignment.

Having also served as Global Creative Director for lifestyle brands Quiksilver, Roxy, Reef, and Virgin, Mark also possesses an innate understanding of branding, marketing, and sales, as well as how they all function together to create successful enterprises.

His client list includes Urban Outfitters, Free People, Quiksilver Womens, Vice, Roxy, Reef, Amuse Society, Virgin, Kassia, Manduka, VNDA, Vuori, The Seea, Surfrider Foundation, and Issa Del Mar. 

Mark is currently based in southern California. 




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