Pro Team Spotlight: Mark Edward Harris

Mark Edward Harris’ editorial work has appeared in publications such as Life, GEO, Conde Nast Traveler, AFAR, The Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, The London Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Playboy. His commercial clients range from The Gap to Coca-Cola to Mexicana Airlines.

Get to know him a little better in this week's Pro Team Spotlight. 

What type of photography do you prefer and why?

People-focused travel photography. I consider myself an urban explorer.

What tip(s) would you give someone just starting out in photography?

Work extremely hard and don’t wait for people to give you assignments. Create your own photographic series and build up a body of work, not just a bunch of individual “pretty” pictures. 

Where is your favorite place to travel and to photograph?

I’m always inspired by new places. That said, places off the beaten path such as North Korea, Iran, Myanmar are of particular interest. This ties in with my study of history.   

Who is a photographer you have looked to for inspiration?

W. Gene Smith is my guru. His ability to tell a story with his camera and his sensitivity to people puts him on the top of my list. His photo essays Minamata, Country Doctor, Spanish Village, serve as examples.

What made you decide to get into photography?

It came through a love of travel and documenting the experiences. Also, I am fascinated by the photography’s ability to freeze a moment in time.

Upcoming workshops or book releases:

I just finished the first part of a book tour for my new books on North Korea and South Korea that were released on the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that stopped (but did not officially end) the Korean War.

I have workshops in Los Angeles and San Francisco this fall as well as next year and will be in Santa Fe, Oklahoma and London planned for 2014. I’m also in discussions about a Japan workshop.

More images and info on Mark's Pro Team page