Biography

Mark Purdom’s photographic work, while a commentary on people’s influence on the environment, also plays with our concept or arguably our preconceptions of the picturesque. Mark is originally from England and since moving to New Zealand, he has participated in various group and solo exhibitions at home and internationally.

Purdom is recognised for his work by the New Zealand National Contemporary Art Awards, Renaissance Photography Prize, Association of Photographers UK, Royal Photographic Society, International Photography Awards, New Zealand Photobook of the Year and the Portrait Salon Awards UK.  He has exhibited at the Month of Photography (MOPLA) - Los Angeles USA, Athens Photography Festival - Greece,  I Book Show - St Petersburg, Russia, J Book Show - Cork Photo Festival, Ireland, Singapore International Festival of Photography, Auckland Festival of Photography and the Xian Art Museum, China.

Mark has a Masters in Photography from the University of Brighton, England.  Currently, he is a lecturer and researcher at the School of Media Arts (SOMA), Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton, New Zealand.


Awards & Prizes

Finalist New Zealand Contemporary Art Award: 2022

Finalist New Zealand Contemporary Art Award: 2021
Finalist Designers Institute of New Zealand, Best Awards (Mimetic): 2018
Finalist New Zealand Contemporary Art Award: 2018
Finalist (and commended) New Zealand Photo Book of the Year: 2017
Finalist New Zealand Contemporary Art Award: 2017
Finalist International Photography Awards: 2017
Winner Designers Institute of NZ Best Awards for Graphic Design (From Certainty to Doubt Book): 2016
Finalist International Photography Awards: 2016
Winner New Zealand Photobook of the Year: 2015
Finalist Renaissance Photography Prize, UK: 2015
Finalist New Zealand Contemporary Art Award: 2015
Finalist New Zealand Contemporary Art Award: 2014 (two works)
Finalist New Zealand Contemporary Art Award: 2013
Portrait Salon Awards, UK: 2012
New Zealand National Contemporary Art Awards: 2004/5/6/8
Association of Photographers, UK: 1995/6/8/2001(silver)
Royal Photographic Society, UK: 1997 (two works)

Exhibitions

Mark Purdom has exhibited at the Auckland Festival of Photography - NZ, Month of Photography (MOPLA) - Los Angeles USA, Athens Photography Festival - Greece, I Book Show - Taiga Gallery, St Petersburg, Russia, J Book Show - Cork Photo Festival, Ireland, Singapore International Festival of Photography and the Xian Art Museum, China.


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