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April CoPA Meeting: Mark Maio

April 16, 2019 @ 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Clearing Storm Isle of Skye, Mark Maio copyright 2019

Going beyond: A new creative process.

Featuring guest speaker Mark Maio

5:30P Schmooze / 6:15P Announcements

(Note the new venue: No Studios)

At whichever point we are in our photographic journey, the tendency is to concentrate on which camera, lens, software or plugin we think we need to make better photographs. Many of us have photographers whose work we try to emulate, and early on we look to them and the equipment they use as a guide for our photography. While the tools we use are important, what we see, feel and say through them is even more important.

Going beyond the technical aspects of image making and using his dual career in photography (medical/technical imaging & fine art photography), Mark will discuss how each half of his photographic life contributed to the photographic life lessons that have shaped his vision and voice. His presentation will help you look beyond the equipment and software you are using to make photographs and help you find what you are trying to say with them.

Join your friends at CoPA and members of No Studios for an evening of creative exploration and discovery with award-winning photographer Mark Maio.

(A HUGE shout out to CoPA member Tom Lemke who suggested bringing in Mark Maio. Thank you, Tom!!!!!)

© Mark Maio Shadow of Sight

About Mark:
Mark Maio lives in Alpharetta, GA and 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. He has held teaching positions at Emory University, the State University of New York at Buffalo and as an Adjunct Professor of Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology.

From 1989 through 2005, Mark worked on a documentary project centered on Buffalo’s Old First Ward neighborhood and the Irish men who unloaded the grain boats carrying cargo from the Midwest. Work on the project, entitled “Against the Grain” took him from Buffalo to a family wheat farm in Kansas, down the Mississippi River to New Orleans and a trip across the Great Lakes on a grain boat from Duluth to Buffalo.

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. Mark has a second hone on the Isle of Skye, Scotland and teaches workshops there and at Silo City in Buffalo, NY. Information on these and other workshops can be found at


No Studios
1037 West McKinley Avenue, Milwaukee 53205
Building entrance is in parking lot. There is no sign. Ample street parking. Do not park in parking lot.

Free to CoPA members, No Studio members and students with school ID.
All others $10 at the door. Credit cards only.


April 16, 2019
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Event Category:


Coalition of Photographic Arts (CoPA)


Hotel Metro Milwaukee
411 East Mason Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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(414) 272-1937
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