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Mark Steinmetz | American, 1961 -

Mark Steinmetz studied photography at Yale University receiving an MFA in 1986, in addition to this education; Steinmetz spent a year working with Garry Winogrand in Los Angeles during the early 1980s.  He has taught within the photography programs at Harvard University, Yale University, Sarah Lawrence College, and Emory University.

The artist's lyrical photographs are deeply rooted in the American South. They portray its people within the specific beauty of the region's geography, quietly revealing among its built environments and rural landscapes the poetry of contemporary life.  

His celebrated photographs have been exhibited in numerous institutions, including: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Georgia; Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  Steinmetz has received many prestigious awards, including fellowships and commissions from: the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Georgia Council for the Arts, George Gund Foundation, and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, for their Picturing the South series.  Monographs by the artist include: Rivers and Towns (2022), Berlin Pictures (2021), South Trilogy (2021), Summer Camp (2019), Carnival (2019), Past K-Ville (2018), Angel City West Volume 3 (2019), Angel City West Volume 2 (2017), Angel City West (2016), Fifteen Miles to K-Ville (2015), The Players (2015), Paris in My Time (2013), Summertime (2012), The Ancient Tigers of My Neighborhood (2010), Greater Atlanta (2009), South East (2008), South Central (2007), among others.

Museum collections featuring his work include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Yale University Art Gallery; Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.