Mark Read is an award-winning Portrait, Lifestyle and Travel photographer and he has been to the ends of the Earth. From a National Geographic commission to photograph the Chukchi Reindeer herders in Siberia at – 53°C to tracking desert elephants with the San Bushmen of the Kalahari, he has chalked up nearly half the countries in the World, 96 of them, and is working hard on getting to the rest.
His career started 20 years ago with a collaborative 8-month expedition from London to Siberia, through the Caucasus, Iran and most of the newly independent States of Central Asia. Working closely with eminent Genetic Anthropologist Dr Spencer Wells, Mark documented a wide range of disparate ethnic groups in a project that got picked up by National Geographic and led to the inceptionof the Genographic Project, mapping the genetic journey’s of everyone on the planet today. This was the foundation for much of the science that has allowed us to trace our ancestry with companies like 23andMe.
Working with National Geographic was a career highlight and led on to commissions from Time Magazine, the Guardian and Sunday Times amongst others. That, in turn, led to Advertising commissions, where he used his ability to create beautiful, believable and authentic images that stem from a background in photojournalism. Mark’s career has developed into one, where he is trusted with a Lifestyle campaign, a sensitive portrait project for a charity as well as global advertising campaigns for many famous brands.
Selective Client List
National Geographic. Time. Sunday Times. Saturday Telegraph. Lonely Planet Traveller. Guardian. Intelligent Life. Conde Nast Traveller. Monocle
Grey, Mccann Erickson, Atelier-LB, BBH, Here Design, &Smith Design.
Land Rover, LUX*, GSK, Porto Montenegro Marina, MasterCard Foundation, Jamie Oliver, Atelier-LB, Unilever, Balvenie, Channel 4, BBC, Sony, Waitrose, Penguin, Random House, Harper Collins, Harrods, Brand Union, Shell Rimula, Lindt, English Heritage, Thomas Cook, Jamie Oliver, Glenfiddich, Centtrip, Drambuie, Clarks, United Airlines.
Taylor Wessing Portrait Award Finalist - 2014
Travel Photographer Of the Year - 2011, 2013
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