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IN THE LOUPE: Mark Laita

Mark Laita Mark Laita
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Studio locations:  “I have a studio in Los Angeles as well as New York,”  Laita says. “I’m back and forth so often that sometimes I forget which city I’m in.”

Representation:  Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles. Visit marklaita.com

Books:  “Created Equal” (2010). Another is scheduled to be published by the end of 2011.

Inspirations and influences:  “[Richard] Avedon and [Irving] Penn influenced generations of photographers in many ways. I was in the front of that line. I got a chance to get to know Dick [Avedon] when we shot a Carolina Herrera ad together. He helped me see that I could shoot portraits again.”

Preferred equipment:  “For my own work I use large-format cameras, mostly 8x10, and Ascor 800 series strobes for speed and power. There’s nothing else like them. For advertising I use a Phase One P65 back and Apple computers. I’ve got a great retoucher, Tom Slatky, at my studio, who works on my advertising images.”

Hobbies:  “I’m very into gardening. I have a studio at home, which I use for shooting flowers.”

Recent “accolades”: “My daughter put one of my images on her iPad’s home screen.” 

Advice to aspiring photographers: “It’s a great career. It’s gotten very competitive now that digital technology has made photography so easy. The only advice I would give is to shoot things you love.”

Hermon Joyner
Story Author: Hermon Joyner

Hermon Joyner is a writer and photographer based in Portland, Ore. To view his work and read his blog posts on various subjects, visit  hermonjoyner.com

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