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


MFA, University of California, Riverside
BFA, 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 Gallery, 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, curated by Laura Copelin, The Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, AZ
Hold on Tight, Koppe Astner, Glasgow, Scotland
A Time for Monsters, Fort Gansevoort, New York
Voidpull, Koppe Astner, Glasgow, Scotland

The Procession, VACATION, New York
Automatic Door, Park View / Paul Soto, Los Angeles, CA
Shadow & Shadow of Shadow, Roger’s Office, Los Angeles, CA (two person exhibition)
20 / 20, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA
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

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 (catalogue)
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, curated by Tim Barber, The New York Photo Festival, New York

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: Seems Books
Icons & Allegories, Los Angeles, CA: Bread & Butter Books

Involved, Socially, San Francisco, CA: Triple Base

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


Campbell, Andy, “Mark McKnight : Park View/ Paul Soto”, Artforum, Summer.
Beradini, Andrew, “Captured and Released: Mark McKnight”, Mousse Magazine issue 75, Spring.
O’Leary, Erin F., “Mark McKnight at Park View/ Paul Soto”, Contemporary Art Review LA, April 15.
Editors, “Mark McKnight at Park View/Paul Soto”, Contemporary Art Writing Daily, April.
Ritter, Zach. “Mark McKnight: Hunger for the Absolute”, The Brooklyn Rail, April.
Warwick, Steven, “Liberating the taxonomic: Mark McKnight reviewed by Steven Warwick, BOMB Magazine,March 16.
Hadland, Gracie, “Mark McKnight Photographs Hardcore Vistas, Hunger for the Absolute Reviewed”, Frieze, March 16.
Knight, Christopher. “Review: Landscape and body, in sensuous shadow: The photos of Mark McKnight“, LA Times, March 3.
Diner, Eli, “Five Los Angeles Shows to See this Month”, Cultured Magazine, March 1.
Kwon, R.O., Greenwell, Garth. “On Taking Kink Seriously: A Reading List”, Literary Hub, February 11.
Shinkle, Eugénie. “Heaven is a Prison” book review, 1000 Words Magazine, January 17.

Staff, “The Best Photo Stories of 2020”, AnOther Magazine, December 24.
Staff, “Sex, Sand, and Seduction: Ten Photo Books to Buy This Month”, AnOther Magazine, November 10.
Dorris, Jesse.”Heaven is a Prison: Jesse Dorris on Mark McKnight” Aperture:PhotoBook Review, Fall.
Campion, Darren. “Mark McKnight, Heaven is a Prison”, Paper Journal, October 29.
Feuerhelm, Brad, “Episode 100: Mark McKnight”, Nearest Truth, Online (Audio Interview), October 24.
Park, Frederika, “Mark McKnight: Objects, Landscapes, Queer Bodies”, Metal Magazine, October 15.
Staff. “Heaven is a Prison, Mark McKnight”, Tank Magazine, October 8.
Jean, Ciara, “MOCA’s first pandemic-era in-house exhibition looks at life in a COVID bubble”, Arizona Daily Star, October 3.
Zhengova, Linda, “Mark McKnight: Heaven is a Prison”, Gup Magazine, October 1.
Greenwell, Garth. “The Pornographic High Art of Photographer Mark McKnight”, GQ Magazine, September 29.
Benson, Louise, “These are the Essential Art Books You Need to Know Right Now”, Elephant Magazine, September 29.
Yerebakan, Osman Can. “Inside a Sensual New Photo Book Capturing Lovers in the California Desert”, AnOther Magazine, September 14.
Abel-Hirsch, Hannah. “Sex as Meaning-making in the work of Mark McKnight”, British Journal of Photography, September 14.
White, Ryan. “A Queer Photographer Explores the Pain and Euphoria of Sex”, i-D Magazine,  September 11.
Greenwell, Garth. “Cleanness Author Garth Greenwell Interviews Mark McKnight About His Daring, Dirty Pictures” Interview Magazine, September 9.
Yáñez, Marcelo Gabriel, “Mark McKnight. Contact Sheet Annual 2020,” Light Work, September.
Wiley, Chris. “Mark McKnight and the Bodies That Modernist Photography Didn’t See”, The New Yorker, June 15.
Editors. “ARTnews in Brief… May 11, 2020”. ARTnews, May 11.
Hance McElroy, Nich. “Portfolio: Mark McKnight”, BOMB Magazine, March.
Tafoya, Harry. “Review: Mark McKnight Turns Queer Bodies Into Abstract Landscapes”, Art in America, March.
Harries, Jack. “Q&A: Mark McKnight”, The Heavy Collective , March 29.
Zelony-Mindell, Efrem. “Mark McKnight: Concrete as Surely as Flesh”. Humble Arts Foundation (Online), February 4.

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

Feinstein, Jon. “Review: Mark McKnight at James Harris Gallery,” Photograph Magazine, December.
Cameron, Andrew. “Mark McKnight: Object Permanence,” (Supplementary exhibition text), James Harris Gallery, 2018
Darling, Nikki. “Shadow Boxing Mark McKnight” (Supplementary exhibition text), QUEENS,Los Angeles, CA.
Staff. Mark McKnight: Turn Into, Paul Berger: Multiplex, and more”, City Arts Magazine
Staff, “Photography Highlights…Seattle Art Fair,” Humble Arts Foundation
Adams, Thomas. “Episode 19: Mark McKnight”, Art Traffic, Online (Audio Interview)

Myers-Szupinska, Julian & Szupinska-Myers, Joanna. “20/20: Mark McKnight” (Exhibition catalog text), Sturm & Drang.
Ahn, Abe. “Forging Queer Identity with Abstraction,” HyperAllergic, October 19.

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


FLASH! (September), The California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA.

Icons & Allegories, Sight School, Oakland, CA.


Rema Hort Mann Foundation Artist Grant, Los Angeles
Light Work Photo Book Award

Aperture Portfolio Prize, Aperture Foundation, New York

Light Work Artist in Residence, Light Work, Syracuse, NY

BarFund, Los Angeles, CA

Artist in residence, Storm King Art Center / Shandaken Projects, New York

Echo Park Film Center, Artist Commission, Los Angeles, CA

Lois Roth Endowment

Fulbright Scholar, Helsinki, Finland



  • Mark McKnight

    In this temporarily prevailing landscape

    January 10 - February 16, 2020

  • Mark McKnight

    Hunger for the Absolute

    February 26 - April 3, 2021