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Reproduced with permission, from the January 2010 issue of Rangefinder Magazine

 

RECENT PRESS

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The Monition Journal
Broughton Quarterly



EXHIBITIONS OF MR. HALPER'S FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY


Sunlight and Water transforms eight tasting rooms, a restaurant, and a hotel in downtown Los Olivos into the Los Olivos Meandering Gallery  showcasing Mark Robert Halper's portraits of Santa Barbara County winemakers. The intimate portraits of Sunlight and Water celebrate the romance of wine country, the passion of the vintners, and the artistry of great wine

The photographic exhibition opened August 14, 2010 to coincide with the release of the book, Sunlight and Water: Celebrating the Winemakers of Santa Barbara County.

Wine and art related events will continue through February of 2011.  

Opening Events: August 13-15, 2011
This exhibition will run through mid-February, 2011.

The Los Olivos Meandering Gallery
Begin at 2860 Grand Avenue
Los Olivos, California 93441
Learn more at SunlightAndWater.com




snapshots from several of the ten venues of the Los Olivos Meandering Gallery

Early Harvest: The First Crop in Halper’s Series of Portraits of Santa Barbara County Winemakers is being exhibited at Chez Melange Restaurant in Redondo Beach.

Please consider dinner reservations at this exceptional restaurant. They offer both a gastro bistro and fine dining menu, as well as an outstanding selection of wines.

Opening Event: October 29, 2009
There is no closing date yet scheduled for this exhibition.

Chez Melange
1611 South Catalina Avenue
Redondo Beach, California 90277
310-540-1222
chezmelange.com


from the October, 2009 opening reception

The Vonder Haar Dancers is currently being exhibited at the Vonder Haar Center for the Performing Arts.

Opening Date: February 26, 2010
There is no closing date yet scheduled for this exhibition.

Vonder Haar Center for the Performing Arts
457 Foothill Boulevard
La Canada, California 91011
vonderhaarcenter.com

 

Selected images from Sunlight and Water: Celebrating the Winemakers of Santa Barbara County at the Beverly Hills Country Club.

Opening Event: January 20, 2010
This exhibition closed July, 2010

 

 

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

Sunlight and Water will transform eight tasting rooms, a restaurant, and a hotel in downtown Los Olivos into the Los Olivos Meandering Gallery  showcasing Mark Robert Halper's portraits of Santa Barbara County winemakers.

The photographic exhibition will open August 14, 2010 to coincide with the release of the book, Sunlight and Water: Celebrating the Winemakers of Santa Barbara County.  Wine and art related events will continue through February of 2011.  

The intimate portraits of Sunlight and Water celebrate the romance of wine country, the passion of the vintners, and the artistry of great wine.

Opening Events: August 13-15, 2011
This exhibition will run through mid-February, 2011.

The Los Olivos Meandering Gallery
Begin at 2860 Grand Avenue
Los Olivos, California 93441
Learn more at SunlightAndWater.com

 

Beverly Hills Country Club
Selected images from Sunlight and Water: Portraits of Santa Barbara County Winemakers.

Opening Event: January 20, 2010
There is no closing date yet scheduled for this exhibition.

Beverly Hills Country Club
3084 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90064
310 836-4400
beverlyhillscc.com


Chez Melange Restaurant
Early Harvest: The First Crop in Halper’s Series of Portraits of Santa Barbara County Winemakers.

Please consider dinner reservations at this exceptional restaurant. They offer both a gastro bistro and fine dining menu, as well as an outstanding selection of wines.

Opening Event: October 29, 2009
There is no closing date yet scheduled for this exhibition.

Chez Melange
1611 South Catalina Avenue
Redondo Beach, California 90277
310-540-1222
chezmelange.com

The Vonder Haar Dancers is currently being exhibited at the Vonder Haar Center for the Performing Arts.

Opening Date: February 26, 2010
There is no closing date yet scheduled for this exhibition.

Vonder Haar Center for the Performing Arts
457 Foothill Boulevard
La Canada, California 91011
vonderhaarcenter.com

Arrange an Exhibition at Your Venue
We are currently considering new venues for displaying both Mr. Halper's more traditional fine art photography, as well as the images we create for families. Please call or email to inquire about arranging an exhibition at your location.

Arrange to Have Mark Speak at Your Event
Mark is available to present his work and to speak to groups with an interest in photography and art. Please call us for more information.

SELECTED PAST EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

ASMP and APA present An Evening with Mark Robert Halper
A standing room only San Diego speaking event in March of 2009 where Mark presented his work and discussed his photographic point of view with the American Society of Media Photographers and the Advertising Photographers of America.

Palm Springs Photo Festival: Connect 08
Mark's black and white fine art portrait series was selected as a finalist in their competition, and projected during the festival at the Palm Springs Art Museum in May of 2008.

Arclight Cinemas
The Low Overhead exhibition ran from August to October of 2005, and featured a mini-book launch party on September 16. The Arclight is home of the Cinerama Dome, and a premier entertainment complex in Hollywood.

Northwest Arkansas Art Directors Club
Mark presented and spoke about his work as the featured speaker in February, 2006.

Professional Photographers of Orange County
Mark presented his photography and spoke on his approach to creating outstanding portraits in March of 2007.

Professional Photographers of Canada - Alberta
Mark presented a full day program at their yearly convention in October of 2006.

Julia Dean Workshops
Mark has taught several classes for these Workshops
from 2004 to 2007, covering topics relating to lighting and environmental photography.

Santa Fe Workshops
In March of 2004 and July of 2005. Mark led weeklong workshops in professional lighting at these highly respected Workshops.

ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS

Rangefinder Magazine
An article on Mark's fine art photography entitled Private Worlds starts off the decade in the January, 2010 issue with a critical examination of Mark's fine art photography.

Rangefinder Magazine
An interview with Mark focusing on lighting is the lead article in the September, 2005 issue.

ISM Magazine
The Bed Project gets a six page layout in a 2007 issue of ISM Magazine.
Mark is profiled by this Fine Art Quarterly in the Summer 2005 issue.

Lightsource Interviews
Mark is a frequently and popular guest on these popular studiolighting.net podcasts. Listen in to six podcasts with Mark that span from 2005 to 2009
.

Double Exposure

Mark is interviewed in December of 2006 in an article entitled Photos to Inspire: Mark Robert Halper.

Photo Talk Radio
Mark discussed his corporate photography in this January 19, 2008 broadcast.

Beauty in America
Mark participates in a roundtable discussion on the subject of photography in the highly rated internet radio show on Voice America.

The Digital Bits Artist of the Month
Mark is selected and profiled on this website for his black and white fine art photography in September of 2008, and also for his commercial and celebrity photography in April of 2004

About.com
This well known website features Mark's work in a critical discussion of portrait photography in Some Portraits - from Daguerre to Today.

Hasselblad Profile
The premier manufacturer of professional camera equipment features Mark and the Low Overhead project in a Winter, 2005 Self Ixpression Profile.

Dynalite VIP
Summer, 2007. Mark is proud to be inducted as a Dynalite VIP and to have his work featured on the Dynalite website.

TELEVISION

10 Years Younger
May 31, 2005. Mark opens his studio to an emerging photographer in this episode of 10 Years Younger on The Learning Channel. The episode first aired May 31, 2005.

Starting Over
Mark is featured in this episode of the number one rated daytime reality show, Starting Over, on NBC on the January 27, 2005 episode.

Designing Your Future
This LA 18 television show featured an interview with Mark where they discussed his career as a commercial photographer. The program aired October 25, 2007.

PERIODIC UPDATES

January 18, 2010
For so many of us, 2009 was the year of re-invention.

I have nearly completed a personal fine art project called "Sunlight and Water: Portraits of Santa Barbara County Winemakers". This is one of those "if you only had one year to live" projects, and rather than waiting until I was given that kind of news, I decided to do it now. I'm working my personal black and white aesthetic, and trying to infuse the images with as much of my vision as possible. The idea has been to challenge myself and see how far I can stretch creatively.

Changes in the business model have prompted me to step back and ask fundamental questions about my career. I'm very happy to say that we still have a healthy business, which has been no small accomplishment in 2009. In the past I've primarily categorized myself as a "commercial" photographer. Now, I see myself more as a portrait photographer, and am interested in exploring the different arenas the are open to portrait photography. Halper Fine Art was the beginning of my evolution, and with Sunlight and Water I'm paying far more attention to considering my work in a fine art context. Currently, images from Sunlight and Water are hanging at the Beverly Hills Country Club and at Chez Melange Restaurant in Redondo Beach. We have some other very exciting plans that I look forward to sharing once they are under way.

Rangefinder Magazine published an article on my 2007/2008 fine art photography project this month, and they have been kind enough to allow me to post the PDF on this site, which I hope you will read.

As you can see, we've given the website a cleaner look, and simplified the navigation. There is a far greater emphasis on the work that is more personal to me, but we've still kept most of the traditional commercial pages up (since I do very much enjoy that work as well).

I'm happy to say that Michelle is still our studio manager, and that Ashley is now working full time working on both our marketing and assisting me on shoots. Jennifer, of course, keeps me sane and happy, and none of this growth would have taken place without her.

 

June 17, 2009
I had no idea how long it had been since I last updated this page, Over the last year, when not working on commercial projects, I have been focusing most of my attention on building Halper Fine Art. Creating brand new family portrait business in the middle of a recession is challenging, but it also acts like a crucible - only the very best ideas and photography can survive. The mission of the business is to create imagery that is artistically strong enough to hang on the walls of clients who have serious art collections. I've always felt that the family market had a limited aesthetic - there were just too many photos on the same painted backgrounds, or families in white shirts and jeans on the beach. I wanted to bring a more commercial and fine art sensibility to the market, and I'm very happy to say that it has been well received; that beginning I spoke about at the end of the last post (the one done last year!) has moved into a middle.
We continue to support charities though donation in this business, and have helped to raise tens of thousands of dollars for good causes.

In March I was privileged to do a speaking engagement in San Diego for an APA/ASMP combined event, which ended up being standing room only. That really felt great.

My current staff includes Michelle Rosch, who has been my studio manager for nearly a year, as well as Ashley Burrow, who is an excellent assistant. My beautify and wonderful wife, Jennifer, has been of extraordinary help in my business, and has applied her skills from her visual effects background to retouching my images and her magic makes everybody in my photos look their best. The business has really become a team effort in ways that it never had before.

As I write this, we're putting the finishing touches on a studio renovation. It's interesting how easy it is to walk into a place you've never been and see the room for improvement, but have a blind eye to your own surroundings. We've re-done stairs, railings, floors, added a wall, enhanced the electrical, and generally improved the experience of shooting in our studio.

 

April 8, 2008
I've just returned from the Palm Springs Photo Festival, which is predominantly a fine art event. I was honored to have my current ongoing project (which includes both people and still life) selected for a slide show presentation at the Palm Springs Art Museum as part of the event. The new work I've been doing seems to translate well into everything from annual reports to album covers. February was a record breaking month for me, and included three annual reports, the opportunity to photograph Yeardley Smith from the Simpsons, and a great set of portraits for Sonus. I was also interviewed on Photo Talk Radio and featured on Designing Your Future, one of the few shows left where nobody gets voted off the Island.

Katie Hatfield has taken over as studio manager, and Jon Raspa as my first assistant. My crew has never been stronger. Laura Izumakawa is wrapping up her weekend duties to spend some time working at an orphanage in Korea. For me, photography is about creating absolutely excellent imagery; that's the challenge I most enjoy. As a result we are looking in new directions. The same "fine art" work that was presented in Palm Springs is ripe for the hospitality and corporate art markets, and we're looking for the right representation to partner with in this new venture. On another front, we get frequent requests from new and potential clients to create images for them personally. The proceeds from the creative fees generated by this new enterprise will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters. This will be primarily a weekend project, and is being launched at portraitsforchairty.com.

I can't help but see the relationship between my personal projects and my own life. When I was single, I did The Bed Project. Now that I'm married, I'm photographing couples. In my work, a good photo is always about a single subject, concept, or idea. When I photograph two people, it's never a double-portrait; its most often a photo of the relationship between them, be it a partnership or a marriage. It's an exciting time - everything feels like it's beginning again. It's always about the opportunity to create great images.

 

October 1 , 2007
I'm officially married and back from two weeks in Europe. I'm back to work in full gear and looking forward to Annual Report season. Angela Marklew has taken over for Kelly, who has gone on to other pursuits with our warmest wishes. Angela was formerly my assistant, and is available when I'm not to take your calls and address your needs. I've added a number of new clients to my roster, including Bank of America, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, and Cisco Systems. I'll be on TV again in October (details to follow), and had a portfolio of the The Bed Project work featured in ism Magazine.

This photo was taken by my friend Will Henshall at my wedding. That's the biggest and best news of all. We traveled for two weeks through Europe together, managing hotels and airports, and are more in love than ever.

 

June 6, 2007
I'm engaged. In March, I somehow persuaded the most wonderful woman to marry me, and we are set to tie the knot in September. Her name is Jennifer Hunt and she works for Sony Pictures in visual effects. She is smart, beautiful, and amazingly loving.

In other news, I'm happy to welcome Quinn Starr and Lauren Abrahams as my weekday and weekend assistants, respectively - both of whom are doing amazing work as part of my team. I've also (finally) brought in a studio manager to run more of the day to day business, so I can focus on taking photos. Her name is Kelly Dunn, and she is both charming and bright. We've structured it so that you'll only rarely hit voicemail during regular business hours.

I was flattered to be invited to speak and lead a workshop for Professional Photographers of Orange County, which, in what I think is a first, was also promoted by APA Los Angeles and ASMP Los Angeles. The events were both major successes.

On the technical side, I now also shoot with the 39 megapixel Hasselblad H3D, which is what I consider to be the best digital camera available.

There are no shortage of new images and shoots on the site, and I've introduced some small design changes to break up what might be the most image heavy photographer's site on the net. The Bed Project is moving forward, details TBA when we know exactly where we stand.

I'll no doubt update again sometime after the wedding.

 

November 24 , 2006
Last night's turkey put me out early, or it may have been the last few months of what feels like constant work. The Bed Project appears to be finished, and I've decided to do a book (I'm in the design stages now). My new assistants deserve mention, both Angela (on the weekdays) and my new addition Kate (on the weekends) are working exceptionally well. There will be two upcoming features on my work (details still under embargo); one online and the other in print. Updated Dec, 1: Double Exposure is online with a Q and A about my photography.

The last six weeks have been filled with education, with two in studio weekend workshops and a one day workshop and one day speaking event in Canada. When I stood up in front of that room I have to admit I was scared to death (how do I fill six hours?), but planning prevailed and the program I'd prepared was both well received and fit right into the time we had allotted.

Two of the more interesting recent projects included the Sansum Clinic Annual Report (two days in Santa Barbara - what could be bad?) and work to help launch LaserShield, a home security system that I think will boom in the next year for it's cost and simplicity. Most mothers will know who Medela is (I shot still life for them). You'll also find that jewelry shot for Nina Segal has been added to the site.

Today also marks the first time that I've completely changed the images on my home page since this design began (all of the other changes have left at least some of the old images up), and I would appreciate any feedback on the new choices.

 

July 4, 2006
When it rains, it pours. There's something really wonderful about working for the University at which you were a student. USC hired me to shoot the photo library for The Marshall School of Business, and I can't recall three more prolific days in my career.

Lightsource did a second interview with me and divided it up into two podcasts (18 and 19 in their numbering scheme). Samsung has continued to offer me some great projects, including one that we shot at the Disney Hall (perhaps the more architecturally interesting building in Los Angeles, and you can bet I did a few images for myself once the shoot was over). Other highlights included a fun shoot with Ben Stein for Barron's (a long standing client), seven days of bedding related photography for Sit'n Sleep project (for those of you who know the company, I'm shooting Larry on Thursday as well), and a very well received shoot for Forbes (who I'd very much like to work with on a regular basis). I've also been shooting a surprising amount of architectural photography, including some projects for ING Properties.

I also look forward to choosing and preparing new Bed Project images from my June shoot. I'm currently contemplating just how to move forward with the project.

On Friday, I'll be leading another workshop at my studio (this one filled up two months in advance, and the November class is already off to a good start), and look forward to setting a few fires.

 

April 25, 2006
My friend was right. She cautioned me that I might be too busy to do the monthly updates that I'd planned. It's been a busy four months (I've been shooting 5 days a week on average), and in that time I've participated in an Internet Radio Show on a show called Beauty in America on Voice America (most of what I have to say is in the second half of the hour), I've just discovered that there's an article that talks about me in Create Magazine, I've added Samsung to my client list (we've already completed three ads), and I've shot a Series of Portraits of Bone Marrow Transplant Survivors for City of Hope.

The Bed Project continues to evolve.

The speaking engagement in at the NWA Art Directors Club went particularly well (they printed up a great poster for the event), although an ice storm would have kept me in the state another few days had they not sent the group's president to pick me up at my hotel and race to the airport at breakneck speeds of 10-15mph (which is fast when you're driving in ice). For once, a plane running an hour late worked to my advantage. We were able to sell a number of Low Overhead Mini-Books, with the proceeds going completely to benefit the survivors of Katrina.

On an entirely different note, I was recently asked the question, "What do you stand for?". It's a great question, and one that we rarely bother to think about. I stand for Action and Excellence. What do you stand for?

My March photography workshop was very successful, and at that group's suggestion I'm offering an advanced class in October (which is already half full).

I've been invited to spend a day speaking on creativity and inspiration to the Alberta Professional Photographers Association in Canada on October 23 (note: their website is not yet updated with this event). I'm really looking forward to it; the group is over half family/wedding photographers. Over the last ten years I've been very impressed with the new breed of (mostly women) wedding photographers who have come to the field with a real love of weddings and have made an art-form of something that had been formula photography for decades. That's action and excellence.

 

December 23, 2005
Welcome to the newly created “News” page. As we move into the new year we look forward using this space to share information and news. I would like to begin by announcing the printing and completion of the 2005 Annual Report for Cedars-Sinai and the recent launch of the new advertising campaign for City of Hope Medical Center.

I will also be speaking at the Northwest Arkansas Art Directors Club on February 17, 2006.


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