Mark Chester has been a professional photographer since 1972. He was Director of Photography and staff photographer at ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), in New York City, prior to relocating to California in 1975. His photographs and/or feature stories have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner, Christian Science Monitor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kansas City Star, Denver Post, Prime Time Magazine (Cape Cod Times), among other periodicals.
Chester created, produced and photographed the book No In America (Taylor, 1986), a collection of tongue-in-cheek photographs of "NO" signs. Previously, he photographed Charles Kuralt's book, Dateline America (HBJ, 1979). His latest book,Twosomes (Un-Gyve Press), was released in 2011.
In 1987, Chester created and produced the traveling exhibition and catalog, "Shanghai: In Black and White", in commemoration of San Francisco's "sister city", as part of the San Francisco-Shanghai Cultural Exchange Program. The photographs were displayed at the San Francisco Main Library; the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; The Kogod Arts Center of the Sidwell Friends School, Washington, D.C. and other venues.
Chester's photographs are in permanent museum collections, including Baltimore, Brooklyn, Corcoran, Denver, Portland (Maine), San Francisco, and other institutions. His images have been exhibited nationwide in galleries, including O.K. Harris (NYC), Camera Obscura (CO), and San Francisco Airport and in galleries in Japan, Vietnam, London and alternative exhibition spaces.
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