Mark Brodkin was born in Toronto, Ontario. He graduated with a Law degree and M.B.A. from the University of Toronto and spent seven years in New York City where he worked on Wall Street as an Investment Banker. In 2002, Mark returned to Toronto where he founded an advertising company that he eventually took public.
Since 2009, in pursuit of his images, Mark has traveled through Canada, the United States, Japan, China, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, India, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Morocco, Greece, France, Jordan, Mexico, Israel, Iceland and Turkey.
Mark's images have appeared in numerous publications including Conde Nast Traveler, Vanity Fair, Outdoor Photographer, the Daily Mirror, the Telegraph and the Toronto Star. He has won several awards including the 2014 Photograph of the Year sponsored by the Toronto Star.
Mark currently resides in Toronto; although, you may have a hard time finding him there.
When I take a photograph I am reminded that I am a small part of an enormous world. I am forced to look outward and to calm the relentless introspection that is such a prevalent part of my everyday life.
A photograph for me begins when I have an emotional connection with something that I see. It might be an incredible vista or a lonely piece of driftwood on a beach. Sometimes it is optimistic, positive, and gregarious. Sometimes it is lonely, dark and brooding.
Always it is a self-portrait.
When my work is going well, I am filled with a sense of excitement. I always work alone, often early in the morning. When people see my work, I'd like them to feel an emotion as powerful as the feeling that prompted me to stop and capture the moment.
My work is a collection of images captured during my many journeys to some of the most incredible places on our planet. Strong and powerful architecture in New York City, Hong Kong, Rio De Janeiro and Sydney. Breathtaking natural phenomenon in Death Valley, the Atacama Desert, the Great Barrier Reef and Antelope Canyon. Endless roads in Utah. Lonely motel signs the Mojave Desert. Ancient ruins in Cambodia. Enigmatic places of worship in Peru. Inspiring sunsets in Vietnam. Rugged Outback in Australia. Spiritually uplifting cities in India.
Journeys of solitude and reflection that I share with my photographs.
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