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New Location, New Offerings

December 18, 2011

Mark Kurtz Photography has moved! Still located in downtown Saranac Lake, the studio/gallery is now located at 52 Main Street, 2nd floor, above the Adirondack Artists Guild with the entrance accessible from the Main Street parking lot.

New offerings: There are several new pieces available in the portfolio series since introduced last year. They can be found on the poster page of this website.

Digital Prints

December 1, 2010

For the last twenty-five years, I have offered my fine art images using the labor-intensive, traditional silver darkroom process. Even with the arrival of digital I still believed it produced a superior quality print compared to those made digitally. However, digital inkjet printing has now progressed to a high level of quality and I can now offer these images as both traditional silver and inkjet prints. The digital inkjet option allows me to offer the same images at a lower cost (the prints are 1/3 to 1/2 less than previously quoted) and, quite frankly, the prints are impressive. I do not quickly jump on every trend or fad that comes along. I have waited to see what would become of the digital process and it has proven itself. I continue to shoot on film and do my own processing but I will print both in the actual darkroom and the "digital darkroom".

No matter which option is chosen, I continue to use archival processes, including matting and framing materials to ensure the longevity of the art and your investment. For that reason, I only use matboard that is 100% acid-free. All images in my library are available in every size listed as either framed pieces or just prints. You can see the details of pricing on the Posters & Prints page of the Fine Art section of the web site.

Color Photography

November 29, 2010

Since my early days as a photographer, color has been an important part of my visual lexicon. Up to now I have chosen to create my fine art photography in black & white and more often as sepia toned prints using the darkroom silver process. I have also worked with the vintage hand coloring process tinting black & white prints in subtle shades of color. These traditionally printed photographs are what I have primarily displayed and sold in my gallery. I have always shot in color for both commercial clients and editorial purposes and now have decided to add a "colorful" dimension to both the exhibit space in my gallery and here on my website. Recently, I celebrated the 10th anniversary of my gallery by exhibiting my color photography for the first time. I presented four large (24"x60" framed) color panoramic images which were very well received by visitors to my gallery. In addition, I have just added a color gallery to the Fine Arts section of my website. Please check it out and I would love to know what you think!

Mark Kurtz Photography Gallery celebrates 10 Years!

November 18, 2010

Ten years ago this fall I opened my gallery, not sure what to expect. I had been with the Adirondack Artists Guild for three years and that gave me the courage to try something on my own. When I opened the gallery I also moved my commercial photography business (been doing that for 23 years!) into the same space (and I was very happy to get it out of the house!) Ten years later and it is still going... so I figured that is cause for celebration.

Join me if you can on Friday November 19 between 5:30 and 8 PM for a bit of celebration at the gallery (in the same space I opened 10 years ago - 36 Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake). I will also have an Open House for the weekend - November 20 and 21 - Saturday from 10 AM to 7PM and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Linda Peckel wrote a nice introduction of my gallery and photography business in her on-line column Albany Public Art Examiner.

I will be showing some new things - color for one, along with my black & white and sepia and I am now going to offer my images in digital print format! No, I have not gone completely digital!! I will never give up the traditional process of shooting with film and working in the darkroom. But the quality of digital has progressed to a level that I can now offer my images as digital prints and at a lower price than the labor intensive silver print process. I continue to shoot on film but I can digitize the negatives and work them in the "digital darkroom" to produce amazing results... and I can lower the prices by as much as a third. I am also offering special packages of prints at affordable prices - something to consider for the holidays. I will have these new additions on my web site in the near future.

All that said, I’m really looking for an excuse for a party and that is what we’ll have next Friday at the gallery. Please stop by if you can or visit my web site in the near future to see all of what is new.

New Exhibit: “Bridges I Have Crossed”

October 29, 2009

Photograph: Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River

Other than a path through the woods, a bridge was probably the first civil engineering done when someone dropped a log across a stream so he could cross without getting wet. The bridge is a tangible structure... and a metaphoric symbol that represents much in philosophical contemplation. Bridge/bridges/bridging/bridged; building bridges; bridge to the future; don’t burn your bridges...; bridge to no where; bridging the gap; bridge over troubled waters; I’ll cross that bridge...; a bridge too far; water under the bridge. I’ve crossed a lot of bridges in my life and sometimes those crossings were scary - very high without much of a guardrail, or creaky with questionable stability, or without knowing exactly what was on the other side. I photographed a good friend’s wedding where they exchanged their vows on one side of a bridge, turned and crossed over it together to the other side and then hiked off into the wilderness for several days. Bridges represent strength (think Brooklyn Bridge), passages in life, putting something behind, moving to the future, crossing over... and they’re also there to go back over, return to where you came from... if you didn’t burn it after crossing. I’ve always been fascinated by bridges, their structure, their strength, their symbolism, their aesthetics, their history... their purpose. Photographing them allows me to connect with these structures and think about what they represent.

Join me on Friday November 6, from 5 to 7 PM at a reception at the Adirondack Artist’s Guild on Main Street in Saranac Lake as I open my exhibit “Bridges I Have Crossed”, an exhibit of bridges I have photographed. The exhibit will run from November 5 through November 30.

To get a sample of bridges I have photographed you can see several images on this web site. Here are the links to specific images of bridges:

Some of these images - and several new images - will be on display at the Adirondack Artist’s Guild exhibit beginning November 6, including the photograph above, Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River. Hope to see you there!

Adirondack Rivers Gallery Talk Pictures

October 12, 2009

Below are a couple of images from Mark’s gallery talk at the opening of his Gibson Gallery exhibit Adirondack Rivers: From the Hudson to the Saranac on September 17th. The exhibit continues until October 17th, so be sure to check it out this week if you haven’t already!

Adirondack Rivers: From the Hudson to the Saranac

September 16, 2009

Black and white holga photo of a bridge and river in the Adirondacks

There will be an exhibit of Mark's work in the Gibson Gallery at SUNY Potsdam. The exhibit, titled Adirondack Rivers: From the Hudson to the Saranac, opens Thursday, September 17 with Mark's gallery talk at 4 PM, and runs through October 17.

The exhibit will feature both Holga and panoramic prints of Adirondack rivers, including the Hudson River. For two of the photographs, Mark broke out of the Adirondacks to capture images of Bear Mountain Bridge and the Tappan Zee Bridge on the Hudson. Some of the images on exhibit have never been printed before, so be sure to make it to the Gibson Gallery this month if you get a chance!

New Fine Art Posters!

August 11, 2009

Adirondack Photography fine art poster

Mark just got back from the printer with a pair of beautiful new fine art posters in hand. The first one - shown here - is a poster of Mark's image “Pemaquid Point, Maine”. The second is from his Adirondack Portfolio, featuring an image of Upper Saranac Lake. Mark now sells posters of four of his classic black and white panoramic prints. Not only will both of these posters soon be featured on Mark's Posters & Prints page, but Mark plans to create an online store to make his work available to a wider audience. Look for it later this year!

Mark Kurtz's wedding photography in this month's Adirondack Life

May 1, 2009

The wedding photography of Mark Kurtz is featured in "Love on the Rocks, in the Woods, on the Water", an article about Adirondack weddings in the current (May/June 2009) issue of Adirondack Life. More of Mark's wedding photography can be seen in the weddings gallery.

Adirondack Artist's Guild Juried Show

March 13, 2009


Mark took first prize in the Adirondack Artist's Guild's 11th Annual Juried Exhibition with his photograph 'It's Only Wind'. A slideshow of the exhibition can be seen on the North Country Public Radio website. Below is a review of the show from the Plattsburgh Press Republican written by Robin Caudell:

Artist Linda Fisher had fun jurying the 11th-annual Adirondack Artists' Guild Juried Show in Saranac Lake. She had to pick what she liked after five hours of review. Photographer Mark Kurtz's "It's Just Wind," a long view of a massive wind turbine, took first prize. In addition to a cash prize, Kurtz will be featured in a November solo exhibit. "In judging the show, there was an amazing diversity of work from professional artists - Annoel Krider and Mark Kurtz - to people who do folk work. A lot of work is landscape related," Fisher said. "I think of the social and environmental issues. What is the landscape and what does it mean? Particularly around here right now, wind is an interesting and controversial discussion. I thought the piece was talking about stuff that was pertinent. I thought it was visually elegant, the aesthetics of the piece. Wind is so ambiguous and ephemera. The photograph is blurry in an elegant way. The content and execution went together. It was really unusual. I hadn't seen another like it. It's original."

Neon Feature in Adirondack Life magazine

September/October 2008


The Sept/Oct 2008 issue of Adirondack Life features Mark Kurtz's photography of vintage neon signs in the Adirondacks. You can see those pages of the magazine here.

20 Years of Mark Kurtz Photography

May 17, 2008

Mark Kurtz Photography celebrates it's 20th anniversary in 2008! Mark did his first commercial shooting in 1988, was one of the founding members of the Adirondack Artists Guild in 1998, opened his own gallery in 2000 and expanded the gallery in 2005. Stay tuned to this new site, or send your e-mail address to be kept informed of what's new from Mark Kurtz Photography!

"History Between the Lines

May 17, 2008

Published just this past year, History Between the Lines, Women's Lives and Saranac Lake Customs is authored by Caperton Tissot, edited by Willem Tissot and published by Graphics North. This book traces Saranac Lake's spirit of goodwill from mid- nineteenth century to the present. Sixteen individual stories, based on interviews, illustrate the important role women play in carrying on traditions that define the unusual character of a small mountain village.

Mark made all the portrait photographs for the book as well as the group portrait on the cover. After conversations with Caper about how best to approach the portraiture, Mark decided to use the Holga camera which brought a unique quality to the portraits.

The book can be found on Caperton Tissot's web site here.