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Program Meeting | Speaker Mark Maio

Mark Maio is the RPS speaker for the month of May. He will be discussing his project "Against The Grain." 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 took him from Buffalo to a family wheat farm in Kansas, down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, and across the Great Lakes on a grain boat from Duluth to Buffalo. Mark will be discussing how he let this project guide his photography.

Mark Maio divides his time between personal fine art documentary photography and imaging in the field of ophthalmology. He has an Associate and Applied Science degree in technical photography, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Photography, a Master of Arts in Humanities and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Communication Design. In over 35 years working in the field of photography he has held teaching positions at Emory University, the State University of New York at Buffalo as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and as an Adjunct Professor of Photography in the Biomedical Photography program at Rochester Institute of Technology. In 1999 he developed the first high-resolution digital imaging system in ophthalmology and has continued working in the commercial sector since then.

In 2006 he was selected by Adobe as one of twelve individuals to form their Biomedical Imaging Advisory Group. This group has worked with Adobe in their development of Photoshop Extended, the first version of the software program to contain medical, technical and scientific digital imaging tools.

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 and this past March he was invited by the High Museum Art Partners program to kick-off their yearly lecture program. Mark teaches photography workshops, which can be found at:

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  • Tracey R. R.

    It was very interesting to see how his project for a class became a decades-long endeavor. I was impressed with how many years he spent to build relationships with his subjects so they would trust him to tell their story. I would like to know more about the technical aspects of his ophthalmology photography in a future session (or really any speaker on the topic of medical photography).

    May 10, 2013

  • Niki M.

    Glad you enjoyed the meeting. great picture!

    May 8, 2013

    • Niki M.

      I'd say it's a winner! Where do you get something like that from?

      May 9, 2013

    • Levent

      I get my vintage lenses from a lot of places. But that Pentax lens was from Mike Morrison over at Wings Camera in Atlanta. A very cool shop, full of old lenses and cameras from the film days. In my experience, they (Leica, Zeiss, Canon, Nikon & Pentax) made a lot of great manual focus prime lenses in the past. The only thing from the old days that was not great was the zooms.

      1 · May 9, 2013

  • Harriet D.

    Great meeting! Enjoyed learning about the project and seeing the outstanding images.

    1 · May 8, 2013

  • Laura K.

    Loved the presentation. Such wonderful stories captured in artistic photos.

    1 · May 8, 2013

  • Levent

    Excellent lecture

    May 7, 2013

  • Casey C.

    I will be a few minutes late due to my daughter's end of year program. Just wanted to give heads up, I apologize in advance!

    May 7, 2013

    • Niki M.

      No problem, Casey. We look forward to seeing you!

      May 7, 2013

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