Mark Nixon In Dublin 3, Ireland

The Portrait Studio, 62 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Ireland
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Mark Nixon In Dublin 3, Ireland

For someone who bought his first camera in June of 1995, Mark has certainly come a long way fast. In huge demand, both at home and abroad, as a photographer and conference speaker, Mark has had what can only be described as a meteoric rise to the top of the Irish photography scene.

Winning numerous photographic awards, both nationally and internationally, including the ultimate title "Photographer of the Year" both in Ireland and the UK.

So far this year Mark has won "Best Family Portrait Image" in the National Photographic Awards.

Born in Belfast, Mark’s first love was music. Playing solo as a singer/songwriter and with his own bands, both in Ireland and Los Angeles, where he lived for four years, meant never having time to develop the interest he had in photography. On returning to Ireland, and during a particularly bad case of writers block, Mark bought that camera.

Starting as a hobby, photography quickly took over everything and became a career. A girl Mark knew who worked in a publishing company, needed photographs for the covers of six new books. After meeting with the publisher, showing him some photographs and with a lot of bluffing, Mark got the job. "Unlike my music, which I was very precious about, I said from the beginning I would go in whatever direction photography took me, but I have always loved photographing people, and now nearly all of my work is photographing people".

On September 11th 2001, Mark just happened to be in New York City to shoot a wedding. An exhibition of his photographs from that day can still be viewed on his website. Some were also used in the international "here is new york" touring exhibition.

In November of that year, Mark realised another ambition by opening "The Portrait Studio" in Clontarf, specialising in contemporary portraiture. "I think portrait photography, like wedding photography, has been stuck in some kind of weird 50's time warp, very stiff and formal. So I am trying to do the same type of thing with portrait photography, as I do in my wedding photography, which is a more relaxed, un-posed, natural style of photography".

Mark's photographs have been published worldwide and in all the leading Irish magazines and newspapers. Recently several of Mark's portraits were used in "Portraits" a guide book for professional photographers by UK publishers Camera Craft. Edited by William Cheung, former editor of "Practical Photography"