Mark Dawson with his first camera!
My first camera

Mark Edward Dawson

I am a photographer and print maker currently making work, teaching, and living in Tempe, Arizona. I enjoy creating photos with imaging devices ranging from state-of-the-art drones to large format view cameras to iPhones, then rendering the images digitally, in wetplate, or in a variety of historical (“alternative”) process prints. Despite a fascination with gum bichromate I have yet to tear what’s left of my hair out.

I grew up in southern Ohio, but after about age 17 things get complicated geographically speaking. I’ve lived in several US states, as well as Austria, Germany, and The Netherlands, and I travel extensively whenever I can get away. I am currently obsessed with Utah and the American southwest.

I have been interested in photography as long as I can remember. When I was little I had a theory that photographs were already inside the little film canisters, and when you sent them off to be developed all the store did was take them out, unfold them, and iron out the creases. I also thought that liquid plant food squirted into my ear would make my brain grow too. Maybe this explains something?

Here’s my resume. (A pdf should open or download to your computer.)