Hallways of poetic justice or
Painter, (From The color of People" Private Cantos)
Ambient Series #3 by Mark Dolce
Ambient Series #4 by Mark Dolce
PO Box 9354
Denver, Colorado 80209
Member of NPPA since 2001
Master Arts Journalism - University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1990 – 1992, I studied journalism for newspaper reporting. My master thesis was “History and Ethics of Electronic Manipulation in News Photography.” During this program I completed several freelance photographic assignments for the Daily Territorial Business Weekly. I was commissioned for a photographic project by the University of Arizona Facilities and Design Department to photograph new buildings under construction. I was also commissioned by the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality to fulfill a $1,800 research study called the “Air Quality Project” which I completed.
Bachelor of Fine Arts Photography – Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 1979 – 1983, I studied art history, sculpture, painting, drawing, and design with an emphasis in photographic processing, printmaking with several independent study courses in photography. During this four-year program I completed the Guadalupe Low Rider Project, the Eastside social landscape document, exhibited a one person show in the downstairs Northlight Gallery, “Branding; Meteetsee, Wyoming,” exhibited in the four person “Alternative Photograph Exhibit” at Harry Wood Art Gallery, and won first place for one black and white print “Black Man on a Bench,” in the 1983 Arizona State University Student Photography Show that was exhibited at ASU Memorial Union Gallery, juried by Louis Bernal, photographer/instructor at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.
High School Diploma – College du Leman near Geneva, Switzerland, 1973 – 1976. I lived in Versoix and traveled extensively throughout Switzerland as a member of the varsity basketball team for which I was given honors in my junior and senior year. I attended a two-week mandatory skiing program for each level of the school year (10 - 12). Completion of high school ended almost 18 years of continual living overseas before moving to the United States for college in 1976.
I attended a one-year program at Plaza Three Academy, Phoenix, Arizona, (February – November 1986) where I studied commercial photography, portraiture, studio lighting, editorial and advertising photography, photojournalism and small business practice. I also assisted commercial photographer Mark Boisclair in Phoenix, Arizona in 1986, and later, Don Winston in Tucson, Arizona in 1989.
I currently reside in Denver, Colorado where I actively write and make images.
From April 2007 to August 2010 I was a live in caretaker for my father in Cody, Wyoming and was an active member of the Open Range Images Cooperative Photographic Gallery.
From 2004 – 2007, I was employed as a driver/guide for Great West Adventure Co. giving tours to the south rim of the Grand Canyon from Sedona, Arizona. I was also employed as a driver for White Tie Transportation. During this time I have converted to digital photography using a Nikon D-100 camera. This includes scanning my 35 mm transparency files, and 35 mm color and black and white files for archival purposes. During this time I have completed the 30 x 40 prints of the “Ambient Series” and “Photo in a Photo.” I also embarked upon the projects: "Contemporary Icons", a 35 mm color negative series of double exposed images. I also have continued other projects; "The Origins of Dogma" a digital collage series, "Objects" a series also in 35 mm film and digital, "Photo in a Photo", also in 35 mm film and digital.
2003, Southwest Environmental Consultants, I worked as a rod man, land surveyor and instrument man.
From 2001 – 2003 I pursued freelance and temporary photographic assignments. This included a six-month stay in Eagle Rock, California and a four-month stay in Casper, Wyoming. During this two-year period I exposed 40 rolls of 35 mm color transparency film of personal nontraditional landscape photography.
Photojournalist for the Sedona Red Rock News, Sedona, Arizona, 2001: I photographed police, fire, school, city council, sports, features and contributed a weekly photo insert called “Sedona Plus.” The Sedona Red Rock News is a three-day a week publication. My most significant contribution came after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York where I interviewed and photographed several members of the Sedona community, published September 19, 2001. I also researched, wrote and photographed the story “If These Walls Could Talk” a history of the Van Deren Cabin published November 2001.
Reporter/Photographer for the North Scottsdale Independent Weekly Newspaper, Scottsdale, Arizona, 1999 where I covered city council, school board, sports, features, police and fire. I also photographed assignments in conjunction with filing stories. I broke the construction crime story that ran in the December 30, 1999 issue and photographed the image of deceased mayor of Scottsdale Herb Drinkwater for the front page October 28, 1999.
Reporter for the Week-In-Review, Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, March - September 1999, where I worked as a temporary contract employee through Fabe Lithography Co. contributing to the weekly newsletter "Week In Review." I also contributed to the weekly special edition of “Spotlight” featuring in depth, up to date and new developments of Raytheon Missile Systems.
Reporter for Mojave Daily News, Bullhead City, Arizona, 1999, I covered business and general assignments as well as making photographic contributions. I broke the Tristate, Nevada story, a town that had been flooded after the construction of the Davis Dam along the Colorado River north of Bullhead City. This story ran simultaneously in the February 1999 edition of Mature Living with the story based on the interview of Louis L’ Amour’s son who revealed that his father had one of the toughest bare knuckle fights in his life in the town of Tristate long before it had been flooded by the reservoir.
Photojournalist, Kingman Daily Miner, Kingman, Arizona, 1998, where I used a Nikon NC-2000 digital camera and Adobe Photoshop while covering news, fire, police, school, sports and features for the Kingman Daily Miner. I contributed a weekly photographic essay called “Focus” and I aslo photographed the 1998 Arizona Cardinal professional football team home games.
Jerome Historical Society, Photo-archivist, Jerome, Arizona, 1996 – 1998. My duties included archiving, inventory, copying, printing of the collection, accession of new items and fulfilling genealogy requests. I acquired a $3,000 matching grant from the Arizona Humanities Council to assist in funding of the Smithsonian Institute traveling exhibit called “Produce For Victory.” I attended museum-sponsored seminars and continuing education classes in archival preservation.
Business reporter for the Prescott Daily Courier, Prescott, Arizona, 1993 - 1994, where I covered the local business trends of Prescott, Chino Valley and Prescott Valley as well as Yavapai County. I also contributed photographs for my daily stories. I followed the crime story of William Zemaitis who died after a hit and run accident in 1994. I also contributed a story for Days Past about Dave Hopkins, who revealed the Hollingshead Hideaway location.
General assignment reporter for Cottonwood Journal Extra, Cottonwood, Arizona, 1992 – 1993 where I reported and photographed; news, fire, police, city council, school board, sports, features and contributed to a weekly photo page called Journal Plus. I broke the story that exposed Phelps Dodge Mining Company had not researched ancient Native American ruins along the Verde River as a prerequisite to developing the mining waste/tailings pile below Tuzigoot National Monument that was deposited during the ownership of the mines by Phelps Dodge in Jerome from the 1920s to the 1950s.
HONORS AND/OR MEMBERSHIPS AND/OR CONTINUING EDUCATION:
Joined the Open Range Images photographic cooperative May 2007 - May 2010, Cody, Wyoming
Yavapai College Art Department, Cottonwood campus – (Spring 2005) Adobe Photoshop
Yavapai College Small Business School, Cottonwood campus - (Fall Semester 2004) small business Marketing and Accounting.
National Press Photographers Association, 2001 – present.
Honorable mention for “Indian Cuisine” a photography contest sponsored by the Enisen Publishing Company in Glendale, California, 2002.
Honorable mention for the imaged titled “Problems” published by Prescott College Arizona, in Alligator Juniper, national publication for photography and writing Juried by Mark Klett, 1999.
Community College Certificate, 1997, awarded by the Community Colleges of the of Arizona to teach Journalism and Photography at the community college level.
Certificate of Continuing Education from the Society of American Archivists, 1997, for completion of the course “Arrangement and Description.”
First place photography for one black and white print “Street Walk,” in the Prescott Fine Art Association annual photography show 1995.
Attended the one-week Bishop Photographic Workshop with Bruce Barnbaum, Jay Dusard and Huntington Weatherhill, Bishop, California, 1994.
Acted as judge for the Yavapai County Fair photography contest, 1993, Prescott, Arizona.
Honorable mention for one color print “The Valley From 5057,” by the Tucson Weekly for its annual photography contest, 1989, Tucson, Arizona.
Honorable mention for “Ambient Series #1” by the Photographers Forum 7th Edition, Annual College Photography contest and national publication, 1987.
Honorable mention for a black and white print “Boy With No Name,” by the Verde Valley Artists Association, Jerome, Arizona, annual photography show, 1986.
Honorable mention for one black and white print “Earl,” by the Arizona Magazine Photography contest, 1984.
Honorable mention for one black and white print “Michael and His Dog,” by the Tempe Daily News for its annual photography contest, 1984.
I was raised overseas in Saudi Arabia. The experience of living outside the United States on a practical and personal level is not easy to define, nor is it necessary in some cases to distinguish from my experience and development as a person. Long before my art interests I worked as a summer employee of the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO) Drilling Department 1974 - 1983. It was a common practice for ARAMCO to provide summer employment for the children of the employees while they were visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the summer break while attending high school or university. It was on these summer jobs I learned how to unload and load trucks, drive a fork lift, work long hours outdoors, deal with work situations involving shipping and receiving of drilling equipment and material. I worked with adult men of several different nationalities; American, English, Canadian, Saudi, Egyptian, Syrian, Jordanian, Indian and Pakistani. My introduction to photography came on the heels of a work experience which involved a 35 day excursion at sea as an employee of ARAMCO as a crew member of the offshore oil tender B-136 that was under tow to the port of Piraeus, Greece from the oil refinery port of Ras-Tanura, Saudi Arabia for dry dock in 1977. The experience is an influential one, especially becoming 19 years old in the arbian Sea. I photographed the journey in Kodachrome 64 35 mm film and was richly rewarded with my results. It was this experience and the images, before any formal instruction, that influenced me to pursue photography as a medium of expression. I attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California from February – June 1978 but left the program because of a difference in philosophy of what I needed as a person/artist and what the curriculum offered. This change led to my enrollment in the Arizona State University school of Fine Arts in 1981, where I was able to pursue my art interests. After my undergraduate program, I returned to the Middle East for two years while working in the oilfields of the United Arab Emirates, 1983 – 1985. By this time, I had committed to photographing the world around me and within myself thereby using the photograph as a means of personal expression. In 1990 I entered the graduate program at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. I felt the need to combine my photographic skills with my writing desire and pursue my journalism career. After obtaining my MA Journalism in 1992 I embarked upon a seven-year experience that included five different newspapers, mostly in rural Arizona.
I have kept personal journals since 1977. My writing interests have led me to collect volumes of personal essays and poems. I spend time outdoors. Being raised overseas while in my youth has convinced me that one does not have to literally “travel the world” to appreciate or learn from it. Some of the most absurd moments of clarity, realization and growth can occur within a person’s home, back yard, city limits, county and state lines. Art is about ideas. Art is a hammer not a mirror. Art is a concept by which life experience is measured. Artists are people who sign things made. I am influenced by the Dada and Surrealist art movements. During my employment in Kingman, Arizona in 1998 I wrote the “Manifesto of Photo-Expressionism” a conscious contact with a method and form of expression that had never been clearly defined or executed. I have also completed four volumes of poetry called “Challenge” and “It Sure is Good to be Back Home.” I recently completed “Ideas of the Shipwrecked” and “Ideas of the Shipwrecked Part II.” I also developed and expanded my series of images “Photo in a Photo” and "Objects" My newest work, “Digital Montage,” uses the traditional process of cut and pasting images and rearranging them to make a new image. My ongoing series “Contemporary Icons” is based on the interest I have in the meaning of icons and iconography by way of double exposing film images of stills from iconic frames of feature motion pictures with elements of the “real” world. My “Objects” series is a body of work I continually add to based on elements of Dadaistic thought and ideas. I have recenlty completed five hard copy books "Beating a Dead Whale on the Beach," "Private Road(s)," "Out of the Cave and Into the Wilderness," "American Accents," and "Hallways of Poetic Justice." All the books are available on blurb.com. I am compling my archive and scanning 35 mm transparency, 35 mm blacvk and white negatives as well as adding to my digital bank of images. Books in production are; "Don't Make Eye Contact," "The Color of People," "Laughing Horse or Photo in a Photo," "From One Frontier to the Otrher and Back or Objects," and "Samos Island."
2013 - Sept. 30 Nov. 15, One piece of sculpture/assemblage "Snake Eyes" accepted and displayed at the Denver Student Arts League, Denver, CO @ 200 Grant Street
2013 - September, join Colorado Photographic Art Center
2013 - May, Display one 30 x 40 Box Mounted Laminated image "Ambient Series #1" at Fiori-Attivo Florists & Gifts, with smaller prints of Ambient Series #1 - #4
2012 - June, move to Denver, Colorado
2010 – November to June 2012 – complete a 577 day hiatus/sabbatical while traveling in my truck/camper making images and writing
2010 – February, end three-year contract with Open Range Images Gallery, Cody, Wyoming
2010 – February, Hang 16 black an white 8 /2 x 11 framed image titled “Airports and Museums or The Delicate Passage Through Space And Time” at Open Range Images Gallery, Cody, Wyoming
2010 – January, Hang 11 black and white 13 x 19 images of photographic montage titled “Another Homeric Landscape or A Journey Through The Field Of General Moral Excellence” at Open Range Images Gallery, Cody, Wyoming
2009 – November, Hang nine 9 x 16 color photo-collage/montage images at Open Range Images Gallery, Cody, Wyoming
2009 – July, Joined www.mayartspace.com (now defunct)
2009 – May, “The Origins of Dogma,” and exhibit of black and white digital montage at Open Range Images Gallery, Cody, Wyoming
2009 – February, display four "Ambient Series" Box Mounted/Laminated prints at The Terrace restaurant, Cody, Wyoming
2009 – January, “Icons Revisited,” a collection of Contemporary icons exhibited at Open Range Images Gallery, Cody, Wyoming
March - 2008 Cody Enterprise, "Mona Lisa Smile" article on Mark Dolce by Buzzy Hassrick
2008 – February, exhibited a collection of Digital Collage, Collage and Photo-Expressionism pieces in the Beta Coffee House, Cody, Wyoming
2007 – May, Exhibit four 30 x 40 box mounted laminated prints in Open Range Images photographic cooperative gallery, Cody, Wyoming
2007 – May, join Open Range Images Gallery photographic cooperative gallery, Cody, Wyoming
2007 – April, moved to Cody, Wyoming
2006 – October, two 30 x 40 pieces, “Ambient Series #4” and “A Nice Place” exhibited in the Joker invitational show displayed in the Broadway Gallery, New York, New York
2006 – July/August, one 2 x 3 advertisement with "Ambient Series" #4 purchased and printed in ARTnews Summer Artist Directory
2006 – March, join Absolute Arts (www.absolutearts.com) as premiere artist
2006 – March, complete 18 - 30 x 40 Box Mounted Laminated giclee prints of "Ambient Series" and Photo in a Photo
2006 – February, begin contract employment with White Tie Transportation, Sedona, Arizona
2005 – January, establish 5057 Productions in Cottonwood, Arizona at 839 West Mingus Avenue, Suite #M
2004 – July, one black and white image “Arrows” published in "The Sun" (an international publication from Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
2004 - June, begin as an independent contractor for Great West Adventure Company, Sedona, Arizona as driver/guide from Sedona to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon (and back)
2003 – Cover shot for North Dakota Council on the Arts Grant Guidelines brochure for 2003/04/05 season
2003 – One year sabbatical from photography while employed as a land surveyor at Southwest Environmental Consultants, Sedona, Arizona
2002 – November, two color images “He’s Watching You” and “This is America: Keep it Free,” published in LIA (Life Imitating Art) Magazine, New York
2002 – November, accept temporary assignment as staff photographer for Wyoming Homes and Living Magazine, Casper, Wyoming
2002 – August, honorable mention for one black and white image “Indian Cuisine” for Enisen Publishing, Glendale, California
2002 – June to April 2013, sign contract with Hollywood Cinema Arts for consignment of photographs to be used on film and television production sets
2002 – February, move to Eagle Rock, California
2002 – Listed as an exhibitor in Art in America 2002 Guide, Sourcebook to the Art World, under 11 East Ashland Independent Artspace, Phoenix, Arizona
2001 – April - December, employed as staff photojournalist with the Sedona Red Rock News
2001 – April, travel to Samos, Greece to deliver my mother’s ashes
2000 – May, complete ten-day photographic document of illegal immigrants at the US/Mexican border in Douglas, Arizona
2000 – April, exhibit 14 pieces of Photo-Expressionism at 11 East Ashland Independent Art Space, Phoenix, Arizona.
2000 – April, end employment as staff reporter at North Scottsdale Independent, Scottsdale, Arizona.
1999 – July, end contract with Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona.
1999 – April, honorable mention for one black and white image “Problems” published in Alligator Juniper by Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona.
1998 – December, end employment as staff photojournalist for Kingman Daily Miner, Kingman, Arizona.
1998 – August, complete “Heart Rather Than Mind; The Manifesto of Photo-Expressionism.”
1998 – March, exhibit four 16 x 20 color Ilfochrome prints “Photo in a Photo,” and six pieces of Photo-Expressionism for “Artists, Mentors and Friends,” at 11 East Ashland Independent Art Space Phoenix, Arizona with Frank Mell, David Cook, Jack Stuhler and Allen Dutton.
1998 – January, exhibit “Long Dry Road Between Two Places,” a collection of 40 black and white prints at the Green House/Eco-Shop Café in Cottonwood, Arizona.
1997 – December, exhibit “Inside Earl’s Mind,” one 28 x 28 piece of Photo-Expressionism in the juried invitational Prescott Fine Arts show “Photo Expression,” Prescott, Arizona.
1997 – November, exhibit “Long Road Between Two Dry Places,” a collection of 40 black and white 8 x 12 prints at 11 East Ashland Independent Art Space Phoenix, Arizona which was also featured on Channel 3 KTVK television “Good Morning Arizona."
1997 – November, complete Indian School Road commission for Phoenix Magazine, published as and 26 black and white images published as “Ode To A Road,” One other image “Poised For Growth,” appeared on the Last Page.
1997– July, end employment as photo-archivist for Jerome Historical Society.
1996 – July, acquire $3,000 matching grant from the Arizona Humanities Council, Phoenix, Arizona for the Smithsonian traveling exhibit “Produce For Victory.”
1995 – September, one color image of Ambient Series published in Camera & Darkroom Magazine.
1995 – April, first place for one black and white 8 x 10 print “Street Walk,” awarded by the Prescott Fine Art Association annual photography show, Prescott, Arizona.
1994 – December, one color image “Valley of the Gods,” published in the New York Times Sunday travel section, December 11, 1994.
1994 – December, exhibit 13 Ilfochrome 16 x 20 color prints “The Landscape is More Powerful Than I,” at Grady Gammage auditorium, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
1994 - May, exhibit one 16 x 20 Ilfochrome color print “Ambient Series” in the Prescott Fine Arts Vision Southwest show, Prescott, Arizona.
1994 – April, attend one-week Bishop Photographic Workshop with Bruce Barnbaum, Jay Dusard and Huntington Wetherhill in Bishop, California.
1994 - April, end staff reporter position at Prescott Daily Courier.
1994 – February, exhibit nine 16 x 20 Ilfochrome color prints, “The Landscape is More Powerful Than I,” at Raku Gallery, Jerome, Arizona.
1993 – July, judge Yavapai County Fair photography contest, Prescott, Arizona.
1992 – June, graduate with Master Art in Journalism from the University of Arizona.
1991 – June, commissioned by the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality to complete the “Historic Air Quality Project,” Tucson, Arizona.
1989 – July, premier issue of “On Location Magazine,” as staff photographer, Tucson, Arizona.
1989 – January, honorable mention for “The Valley From 5057,” in Tucson Weekly photographic contest.
1987 – May, exhibit seven 11 x 14 black and white prints in the “Photo Expo One,” group show sponsored by Fagen-Petersen Fine Art Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona.
1987 – February, two 16 x 20 Ilfochrome prints exhibited in “Beyond a Pretty Sunset,” group exhibit sponsored by the Tempe Fine Arts Center, Tempe, Arizona.
1987 – February, honorable mention for “Ambient Series #1”, Photographers Forum 7th Annual College national photography contest.
1987 – January, exhibit 10 Ilfochrome 16 x 20 prints “Ambient Series: Glass, Sand and Sky,” at the Schemer Art Center in a two person show, Scottsdale, Arizona.
1986 – December, graduate form Plaza Three Academy commercial photography school, Phoenix, Arizona.
1986 – October, honorable mention for one black and white 8 x 10 print “Boy With No Name,” Verde Valley Artist Association annual photography show, Jerome, Arizona.
1986 – October, exhibit 10 Ilfochrome 16 x 20 prints “Ambient Series: Glass, Sand and Sky,” at 11 East Ashland Independent Art Space group show, Phoenix, Arizona.
1986 – September, exhibit one 16 x 20 Ilfochrome print of “Ambient Series #1,” in annual group invitational “Heat Wave” art show, Phoenix, Arizona.
1986 – August, one person exhibit of 26 black and white 8 x 12 prints “Voyeur,” and 10 Ilfochrome 16 x 20 color prints “Ambient Series: Glass, Sand and Sky,” in the Fina Cocina Restaurant Galley as a member of the M.A.R.S. co-op gallery.
1986 - August Scottsdale Progress Art Critic by Joe Young "Avedon's ostentation invites humble respect for local artist's work."
1986 – July, exhibit three black and white 8 x 12 prints of Hacienda de Los Angeles in “Photo Expo One,” group show sponsored by the Fagen-Petersen Fine Art Galley, Scottsdale, Arizona.
1984 – February – September, volunteer as photographer for Special Olympics program in Phoenix, Arizona with Maggie Friesner.
1984 – June, honorable mention for “Earl,” one 8 x 10 black and white image in Arizona Magazine photography contest, Phoenix, Arizona.
1984 – February, one-person exhibit of 21 - 5 x 7 black and white images “Urban Phoenix,” at Moon’s Café Gallery, Tempe, Arizona.
1984 – January, honorable mention for one 8 x 12 black and white print “Michael and His Dog,” for Tempe Daily News annual photography contest, Tempe, Arizona.
1983 – August, graduate from Arizona State University with Bachelor Fine Arts Photography, Tempe, Arizona.
1982 – June, first place for “Black Man on a Bench,” one 11 x 14 black and white print in the Arizona State University Student Photography Show juried by Louis Bernal, Tempe, Arizona.
1982 – February, exhibit 72 black and white 11 x 14 prints “Eastside: Phoenix, Arizona,” in the group show “Alternative Photography Exhibition,” at the Harry Wood Art Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
1981 – February, exhibit 15 black and white 8 x 10 prints “Branding: Meeteetse, Wyoming,” in the Downstairs Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
1977 – April to May, sail 35 days at sea on Barge-136 from Ra’s Tanura, Saudi Arabia to Piraeus, Greece. The route included passage through the Persian Gulf, Straits of Hormuz, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea.