J Mark Griffith • Photographer

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Mark Griffith was born in a small town in Oklahoma and grew up in an even smaller town in Louisiana.  He started taking photographs at age eight with a plastic toy camera and was given a 35 mm camera at age thirteen.  The camera was broken but his father said if you can fix it you can have it.  He fixed it.  After a visit to Seattle in 1979, he moved there in 1980.  He setup his first darkroom in the bedroom of his apartment in 1982 and in 1985 took a photography workshop in California to improve his black and white photography skills.  The workshop opened his eyes to much more than he had ever expected making him realize he could do the kind of photography he loved and make a living in photography.  In 1986 he quit his job as manager of an auto parts store in Seattle and took a job as manager of one of Seattle's two professional camera stores and continued to pursue his own personal work.  In 1991 he quit the camera store to take a job as an assistant to a Seattle aerial and architectural photographer and a year later started his own commercial photography business specializing in aerial and architectural photography.  Griffith had started teaching photography workshops in 1989 and continued doing so for the next 20 years.  He married a local Seattle woman in 1993 and now balances his time between his commercial photography business and making photographs that express his view of his world.