Santa Monica-based photographer Mark Hanauer creates evocative imagery in the world of entertainment, beauty, advertising, editorial, and fine arts. His portraits have graced film, athletic and arts books, and magazines. Interested in vision over subject matter, Mark moves seamlessly among genres, shooting evocative and arresting portraits to create otherworldly meditations on flowers and other sublime landscapes.
Mark’s portfolio includes a long list of subjects from the art world, to sports, to politics, to business. Mark is sought after for his compelling and direct portraits. He has photographed such luminaries as Frank Gehry, David Lynch, James Cameron, Michael Bloomberg, Annette Bening, Joni Mitchell, Ronald Reagan, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, KD Lang, The Clash, Ed Harris, Eli Broad and David Hockney.
Mark’s work has been featured in leading publications including Rolling Stone, GQ, Time, New York Times Sunday Magazine, Los Angeles magazine, Esquire and Men’s Fitness.
Mark is currently exploring the photographic potential of botanicals for an exhibition entitled, “Personal Nature,” due to open at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in Pasadena, California. His work is also in the permanent collection of the Deutsche Guggenheim Museum in Berlin.
Thankful for being able to make a living doing something he loves, Mark tries to give a little back by working with the organizations such as Covenant House California and Crossing the Digital Divide. Hanauer has also taught at The Art Center College of Design and UCLA.
“The primary objective in creating successful work is mining the innate emotion within the visual problem,” says Mark. “The relationship between seller and buyer is tied with delicate strands of coded information in which the underlying and the after-‐image are as, if not more, vital than the first impression.”