From 1989 through 2005, Mark worked on a documentary project centered on Buffalo’s Old First Ward neighborhood and the Irish men from there who unloaded the grain boats carrying cargo from the Midwest. Work on the project, entitled “Against the Grain” took him from Buffalo to a family wheat farm in Kansas, down the Mississippi River to New Orleans and a trip across the Great Lakes on a grain boat from Duluth to Buffalo.
His fine art photography has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country in addition to being included in public and private collections. In 2007 a (12) print portfolio of his “Against the Grain” work was purchased by the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film for their permanent collection. He is represented by Lumiere Gallery in Atlanta.
Mark also teaches photography workshops which includes a workshop at Silo City twice a year. These workshops offer the opportunity to spend two and a half days of exclusive access photographing all areas of the six acres of this historically and architecturally significant part of Buffalo’s history. For more information please visit his website: www.markmaio.com or email Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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