photography by swartz
|about the artist
For the past 25 years, Mark Swartz has chased photographic opportunities throughout the world. His interest in color photography inspired him to set up his own color darkroom and digital studio where his images are printed on archival materials. He has accumulated more than 100,000 images of people, animals, carnivals, flowers, fireworks, and hot air ballooning.
He has received national and international awards in photographic competitions, including three prestigious Kodak International Newspaper Snapshot Awards. His photography has been exhibited in juried shows in New York City and Westchester. His works hang in private homes from coast to coast as well as in corporate offices. Former President Bill Clinton owns one of Swartz’ works (“The Saxophonist”). Swartz is a prolific writer, and his photographs and articles on photography are frequently seen in popular magazines.
Over the past 13 years, Swartz has been in the forefront of digital manipulation, a technique for which he has coined the word photodigitography. Several of the computer programs used are written by the artist himself.
Swartz’ images have been reviewed by many art critics. They describe his work as “bright and colorful, and his bold lines and brilliant colors put a smile on your face.” And “Swartz’ art work captivates the viewer, constantly challenging the eye to see something in sensuous forms and rich folds of color.” The prominent writer Roberta Hershenson of The New York Times wrote in 1994, “Swartz produces color-drenched, other worldly photographs…” “the photographs are stunning, displaying a sophisticated grasp of composition and form.” In May 2003, she wrote that Swartz produces “dazzling color images with a touch of the surreal.”
Swartz has received praise for the exhibit entitled “Faces of the Holocaust” which debuted in New York City in 1996. This exhibit of striking and tragic compositions and images has been a traveling exhibition throughout the United States having been on display in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas. It is currently housed at The Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida where it was on display in August 2003.
A safari with his family in East Africa in March 2000 was the catalyst for his show entitled "Wild Thing" which was on display at the Mamaroneck Artists' Guild from June 10 - 29, 2003.
His latest show, entitled "Through My Lens," was exhibited at the Mamaroneck Artists' Guild from June 16 - July 4, 2009. The show was a celebration of nature, color, and technology.
Swartz lives with his family in Mamaroneck, NY.
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