Mark McKnight

Mark McKnight, Swap, 2021gelatin silver print40 x 50 inches, 101.60 x 127.00 cm
Mark McKnight, Beggar II, 2021gelatin silver print24 x 30 inches, 60.96 x 76.20 cm
Mark McKnight, Crest, 2021gelatin silver print40 x 50 inches, 101.60 x 127.00 cm
Mark McKnight, Untitled, 2021gelatin silver print24 x 30 inches, 60.96 x 76.20 cm
Mark McKnight, Dapple, 2021gelatin silver print40 x 50 inches, 101.60 x 127.00 cm
Mark Mcknight, Violence, 2019gelatin silver print11 x 14 inches, 27.94 x 35.56 cm
Mark McKnight, The Black Place , 2019gelatin silver print40 x 50 inches, 101.60 x 127.00 cm
Exhibition view, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, 2019,
Mark McKnight, untitled, 2019gelatin silver print24 x 30 inches, 60.96 x 76.20 cm
Exhibition view, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, 2019 Exhibition view, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, 2019,
Mark McKnight Bodyfold, 2019 Mark McKnight, Bodyfold, 2019gelatin silver print19.1 × 23.1 inches, 48.51 × 58.67 cm
Exhibition view, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, 2019,
Mark McKnight P, 2019 Mark McKnight, P, 2019gelatin silver print10 ¼ × 13 ¼ inches, 26.04 × 33.66 cm
Mark McKnight Seeds, 2018 Mark McKnight, Seeds, 2018gelatin silver print19.1 × 23.4 inches, 48.51 × 59.44 cm


b. 1984 Los Angeles, CA
Lives and Works between Los Angeles, CA and Albuquerque, NM


2015 Master of Fine Arts, University of California, Riverside
2007 Bachelor of Fine Arts, San Francisco Art Institute


Hunger for the Absolute, Park View / Paul Soto, Los Angeles, CA
Hunger for the Absolute, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York

In this temporarily prevailing landscape, Klaus von Nichtssagend, New York

Aperture Portfolio Prize, Aperture Foundation, New York

Turn Into, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA
…if water forgets how to play mirror, QUEENS, Los Angeles, CA

He’s Time. I’m Just a Clock., Strongroom, Los Angeles, CA


Working from Home: New Commissions from Tucson, The Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, AZ. curated by Laura Copelin.
A Time for Monsters, Fort Gansevoort New York
Voidpull, Koppe Astner, Glasgow, Scotland

The Procession, VACATION, New York, NY,
Automatic Door, Park View / Paul Soto, Los Angeles
Shadow & Shadow of Shadow, Roger’s Office, Los Angeles, CA
20 / 20, James Harris Gallery, Seattle,
Close to Home, Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA
Defining Photographs and Radical Experiments in Inland Southern California, 1945 to Present, California Museum of Photography & Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

Monotasking, Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA

A Spaghetti Dress for World Peace, Park View / Paul Soto, Los Angeles, CA
Facing, BBQLA, Los Angeles, CA
La Mesa Brutal, Arturo Bandini, Los Angeles, CA
The Upper Deep, Open House, Los Angeles, CA

9-11, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA

Russian Doll, M+B, Los Angeles, CA
Surface of Color, The Pit, Los Angeles, CA
20/20 Vision: An International Photography Biennial, Christophe Guye (Selection of Grupa o.k.), Zurich, Switzerland
The Year of the Goose, Either Way, Los Angeles, CA

Dressed in Gray, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

California Continued: New Approaches in West Coast Photography, Smith Andersen North, San Rafael, CA

Gray Day, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA
The Informers, J-MoCA, Los Angeles, CA
The Lightbearers, POST Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

10 x 10 x 10, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA
Involved, Socially, Triple Base, San Francisco, CA

Young Curators, New Ideas, Bond Street Gallery, Brooklyn, NY,
Various Photographs, The New York Photo Festival, New York, NY. (Curated by Tim Barber)

TinyVices, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO
TinyVices, La Esquina, Kansas City, MO


Heaven is a Prison, London / Marseilles: Loose Joints
Contact Sheet Annual 2020, Syracuse, NY: Light Work
New Queer Photography, Dortmund, Germany: Verlag Kettler

Aperture Magazine #236, New York, NY: Aperture Foundation, September
In the Sunshine of Neglect: Defining Photographs & Radical Experiments in Inland Southern California 1950 – Present, Riverside, CA: Inlandia Institute

NOUNS, Los Angeles, CA: Bread & Butter

Pescador, Paul. Surface of Color, Los Angeles, CA: The Pit
Myers-Szupinska, Julian & Szupinska-Myers, Joanna. 20/20 (Exhibition Catalog), Zurich, Switzlerland: Sturm & Drang

Smoke Bath, New York, NY: Seems Books
Icons & Allegories, Los Angeles, CA: Bread & Butter Books

Involved, Socially, San Francisco, CA: Triple Base

Various Photographs, New York, NY: TV Books
Vol. 1, Remain in Light, Cambridge, MA: Lay Flat



Ritter, Zach. “Mark McKnight: Hunger for the Absolute”, The Brooklyn Rail, April 2021
Warwick, Steven. “Liberating the Taxonomic: Mark McKnight”, Bomb, March 16, 2021
Hadland,Gracie. “Mark McKnight Photographs Hardcore Vistas, Hunger for the Absolute Reviewed”, Frieze, March16, 2021
Knight, Christopher. “Review: Landscape and body, in sensuous shadow: The photos of Mark McKnight“, LA Times, March 3, 2021
Shinkle, Eugénie. “Heaven is a Prison” book review, 1000 Words Magazine, January 17, 2021


Dorris, Jesse.”Heaven is a Prison: Jesse Dorris on Mark McKnight” Aperture:PhotoBook Review, Fall 2020
Campion, Darren. “Mark McKnight, Heaven is a Prison”, Paper Journal, October, 2020
Greenwell, Garth. “The Pornographic High Art of Photographer Mark McKnight”, GQ Magazine, September 29, 2020
Yerebakan, Osman Can. “Inside a Sensual New Photo Book Capturing Lovers in the California Desert”, AnOther Magazine, September 14, 2020
Abel-Hirsch, Hannah. “Sex as Meaning-making in the work of Mark McKnight”, British Journal of Photography, September 14, 2020
White, Ryan. “A Queer Photographer Explores the Pain and Euphoria of Sex”, i-D Magazine,  September 11, 2020
Greenwell, Garth. “Cleanness Author Garth Greenwell Interviews Mark McKnight About His Daring, Dirty Pictures” Interview Magazine, September 9, 2020
Wiley, Chris. “Mark McKnight and the Bodies That Modernist Photography Didn’t See”, The New Yorker, June 15, 2020
Editors. “ARTnews in Brief… May 11, 2020”. ARTnews, May 11, 2020
Hance McElroy, Nich. “Portfolio: Mark McKnight”, BOMB Magazine, March, 2020
Tafoya, Harry. “Review: Mark McKnight Turns Queer Bodies Into Abstract Landscapes”, Art in America, March, 2020
Harries, Jack. “Q&A: Mark McKnight”, The Heavy Collective , March 29, 2020
Zelony-Mindell, Efrem. “Mark McKnight: Concrete as Surely as Flesh”. Humble Arts Foundation (Online), February 4, 2020
Yáñez, Marcelo Gabriel. “Mark McKnight”, Contact Sheet Annual 2020, Light Work, Summer 2020

Kim, Eonnam. “Art Out: Mark McKnight at Aperture Gallery”, MUSEE’ (Online), November 26, 2019
Staff. “Highlights from Paris Internationale: Mark McKnight at Park View / Paul Soto” Purple Fashion Magazine (Online), October 23, 2019
Greenwell, Garth. Spotlight: Mark McKnight”, Aperture Magazine #236, September 10, 2019
Staff. “Mark McKnight in Automatic Door at Park View / Paul Soto”, Contemporary Art Writing Daily, September 4, 2019
Luquet-Gad, Ingrid. Derhee, Aurélie.Mark McKnight fait corps avec la nature”, Les Inrockuptibles, Paris, July 23, 2019
Weitzman, Jordan. “Episode 29: Mark McKnight”, The Magic Hour: Conversations on Photography (Audio Interview), 2019
Embser, Brendan. “2019 Portfolio Prize Winner: Mark McKnight”, Aperture (Online), April 19, 2019
Weber, Jasmine. “Art Movements: Accolades” HyperAllergic. April 24, 2019
Gladstone, Sophie. Inspiring Photography from the Wallpaper Picture Desk”, Wallpaper*, April 3, 2019
Miranda, Carolina. “Datebook: An Artistic Space Station, Experimental Sound, and Riotous Pattern”, Los Angeles Times, January 23, 2019
Staff. “Meet Mark McKnight” , Voyage LA Magazine: City Guide, February 11, 2019

Feinstein, Jon. Review: Mark McKnight at James Harris Gallery” Photograph Magazine, November/December, 2018
Staff. Mark McKnight: Turn Into, Paul Berger: Multiplex, and more”, City Arts Magazine, Seattle, Washington, 2018
Photography Highlights…Seattle Art Fair,” Humble Arts Foundation, New York, 2018
Cameron, Andrew. “Mark McKnight: Object Permanence”, (Supplementary exhibition text), James Harris Gallery, 2018
Darling, Nikki. “Shadow Boxing Mark McKnight” (Supplementary exhibition text), QUEENS, 2018

Myers-Szupinska, Julian & Szupinska-Myers, Joanna. “20/20: Mark McKnight” (Exhibition catalog text), Sturm & Drang, 2015
Pescador, Paul. “Surface of Color: Mark McKnight” (Exhibition catalog text), The Pit, 2015
Ahn, Abe. “Forging Queer Identity with Abstraction,” HyperAllergic, October 19, 2015
Staff. “Artists meld life and art.” SFGate. August 20, 2009


Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
LightWork, Syracuse, NY


2015 FLASH! (September), The California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA.
2010 Icons & Allegories, Sight School, Oakland, CA.


2020 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Artist Grant, Los Angeles
2020 Light Work Photo Book Award
2019 Aperture Portfolio Prize, Aperture Foundation, New York
2019 Light Work Artist in Residence, Light Work, Syracuse, NY
2018 BarFund, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Artist in residence, Storm King Art Center / Shandaken Projects, New York
2016 Echo Park Film Center, Artist Commission, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Lois Roth Endowment
2008 Fulbright Scholar, Helsinki, Finland



  • Mark McKnight

    In this temporarily prevailing landscape

    January 10 - February 16, 2020