Mark Makela Biography: Based in Philadelphia, I am an American photojournalist working worldwide specializing in editorial, documentary and portrait photography. Fervently, I endeavour to capture photographs that will influence, leave lasting impressions, and move individuals into action, ultimately to affect change. Born in Monterey, California, I majored in Art and English at Bates College, and I thought that I would make my way as a painter. While completing a Master’s of Intercultural Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, I taught myself photography and discovered photojournalism as my true passion. Pursuing this path, I transplanted myself to London in 2006. With distinction, I graduated from the London College of Communication with a MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. I work on long term documentary projects while also pursuing news assignments. In the last few years I have documented photoessays on Sami Reindeer Herders in Arctic Finland, Obama on the campaign trail, London Fashion Week, the UK general election, the English Defence League, and a spaniels only dog show. Leading worldwide publications featuring my photos include: The New York Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Independent Magazine, The Financial Times, The Daily Mail, The Evening Standard, The Times Literary Supplement, The British Journal of Photography, PDN, Time, VanityFair, Vogue, and Stern. My work has been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery's Photographic Portrait Prize. I am available for assignments throughout the USA (New York, Washington D.C., Mid-Atlantic states are easily reachable) and worldwide.