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Mark Kessell

Mark Kessell is an Australian-born physician who left medical practice to study art in New York.

While studying he became interested in the daguerreotype as a medium for expressing ideas about identity, predominantly because of its uniqueness, and its ability to reflect an image of the viewer while displaying an image of the subject. He makes large-format daguerreotype portraits by commission and continues to use this early photographic form for some of his personal work. Increasingly his work is presented on paper or in a sculptural form.

Most of his work has a biological or scientific focus and all of it is directed to a deeper understanding of what it means to be human. Mark Kessell's work includes series about the development of personality, the lifecycle of the human species and, most recently our biological and emotional relationship to animals. His work has been exhibited and acquired by museums and institutions in the USA and Europe, and has been the subject of a soon-to-be released documentary feature film, "Artists and Alchemists", several books and a New York Times article. Mark Kessell's images have been used in movie posters, magazines and newspapers.

Museums, public collections and galeries

Below are some of the museums and major collections which have purchased or exhibited work by Mark Kessell:

  • George Eastman House (Rochester, NY)
  • International Center of Photography (New York NY)
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelpia PA)
  • Los Angeles County Museum (Los Angeles CA)
  • Museum of Fine Art (Houston TX)
  • Museum of Art (Santa Barbara CA)
  • Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego CA)
  • Center for Photography (Woodstock NY)
  • New York Academy of Sciences (New York NY)
  • The Hallmark Collection (Kansas City MO)
  • The Harry Ransom Collection (Austin TX)

More information you wil find at the www.studiocyberia.com.

Solo exhibitions

2011 Specimen Box & Unmet Friends - Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
2008 To Be Determined - Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
2007 Mark Kessell – Retrospective - IG Halle, Rapperswil, Schweiz
Mark Kessell – Daguerreotypes - Kunstraum, Herzogenaurach, D
2004 Florilegium - Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York, NY
2000 Stranger Inside -  Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York, NY
Mere Opportunities - Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY

Selected group exhibitions

2009 Hearst Biennial - Hearst Tower, New York, NY
2007 Extraordinary Bodies - The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
Picturing Eden - The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
2006 True-Symbols: Photography in Science and Fine Arts – Technische Universität, Dresden, D
Why Look At Animals? - The George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
Sans Regard - Musees de l'Elysees, Lausanne, Schweiz
Picturing Eden - The George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
2005 The Image Wrought -  - University of Texas, Austin, TX
How We Look  - Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Light From Silver - Museum of Fine Art of Houston
The Silver Garden  - Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
2004 Reprotech: Building Better Babies - New York Academy of Sciences, New York, NY
2003 The Best of Photo & Film - The George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
Mutter Museum Photographs  -Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
Images against War  - Gallery Lichtblick, Köln, D
How Human  - International Center for Photography, New York, NY
2002 photoGenesis II  - Museum Of Fine Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Masters of the Modern Daguerreotype from the Hallmark Collection
The Nelson–Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO