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Claiming, “I am more interested in a photography that collaborates with chance events,” Mark Steinmetz has been courting chance since the mid-1980s, keenly observing people and places and capturing them in disarming moments of humor, tenderness, and beauty. Working in series, he has concentrated on such subjects as kids and teenagers, small American towns, summer camp, schoolteachers, and street scenes in Paris and various Italian cities. Though he has worked in color, he concentrates primarily on black-and-white. While most other photographers embrace digital technologies, Steinmetz remains committed to film and to making his own prints in a darkroom, and has been using the same cameras, film, and chemicals throughout his career. “I have a strong emotional response to light and I insist that my prints convey this,” he explains, “so I still rely on film and silver paper.”

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
The California Sunday Magazine Presents: At Home - In the American WestAperture Foundation
2017
TRUNK: Tuscan Trees by Mark SteinmetzWirtz Art
The PlayersWirtz Art
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Margaretha, Athens, GA, 1999

Gelatin silver print
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16 × 20 in
40.6 × 50.8 cm
Edition of 15
$2,500 - 5,000
20 × 24 in
50.8 × 61 cm
Edition of 15
$2,500 - 5,000
30 × 40 in
76.2 × 101.6 cm
Edition of 7
$5,000 - 7,500
40 × 50 in
101.6 × 127 cm
Edition of 3
$10,000 - 15,000
Location
New York
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Medium

Claiming, “I am more interested in a photography that collaborates with chance events,” Mark Steinmetz has been courting chance since the mid-1980s, keenly observing people and places and capturing them in disarming moments of humor, tenderness, and beauty. Working in series, he has concentrated on such subjects as kids and teenagers, small American towns, summer camp, schoolteachers, and street scenes in Paris and various Italian cities. Though he has worked in color, he concentrates primarily on black-and-white. While most other photographers embrace digital technologies, Steinmetz remains committed to film and to making his own prints in a darkroom, and has been using the same cameras, film, and chemicals throughout his career. “I have a strong emotional response to light and I insist that my prints convey this,” he explains, “so I still rely on film and silver paper.”

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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