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Through Mark’s auto-didactic nature, he studied photography with Ansel Adams at the Ansel Adams Workshop and then worked for Ansel in his legendary Yosemite Workshop program. He received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1985. While at the art institute, Mark studied visual anthropology with John Collier Jr.  Mark came to embrace Collier’s methodology as a tool for insight and communication in his photography practice.

For extended periods he has left photography to devote time to hand bookbinding and tying classic Atlantic salmon flies. In 1999 Mark started his formal training with master bookbinder Tini Miura. In 2004 Mark was awarded a diploma in fine bookbinding from the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride, Colorado. Today he divides his time between teaching photography at Soka University of America and creating and conserving fine books in his private practice.

In all three areas, photography, bookbinding and salmon flies he has taught, exhibited, and been published. Ironically his hobby of fly tying has brought him the widest acclaim. He has lectured, instructed, and demonstrated his work in Norway, Denmark and throughout the western United States. His work has been published in major books on the subject and he is currently writing a book on silkworms and the manufacture of silkworm gut.