Weekend Portfolio: Mark Dektor

Weekend Portfolio: Mark Dektor

After four years exploring the humanity in Kink,  I was introduced and accepted as an accomplice into the queer community.  Because of this acceptance, I have become driven to do everything I can to try and change the perception about this beautiful community perceived as negative. As a straight cis male I acknowledge my privilege and although I am not part of the community I am blessed to have the opportunity document and bear witness to the beauty that lies within.

 

About Mark

Mark Dektor is a Los Angeles based photographer, director and cinematographer.  Much of his commercial work has been in television commercials, where he found his ability to connect with everyday people, allowing him to bring this same skill to his portraiture and documentary still photography. 

“I am drawn to the intimate nature of still photography as it allows me to get in close, one on one, with my subjects and to depict their essence, their true and authentic personality.  That's what drives me.” 

Mark’s career began by working his way up from 2nd assistant camera, to 1st assistant, and ultimately to DP (director of photography) and director.  He developed his skill shooting non-actor testimonials, honing his ability to draw out people’s true personalities and gaining their trust.  This ability led to prestigious and wide-ranging assignments for Mercedes, Ford, Maybelline, Suave, Dove – Launching the campaign for real beauty, as well as the Chicago Blackhawks.  Additionally, Mark shot the pitch for the 2016 Olympics for the city of Chicago.

“I love the discovery aspect of shooting, letting the story unfold as it happens, while bringing the true essence of each person to my photographs.” 

When making images, Mark  honestly engages with people, and takes a true interest in what they have to say.  He believes that having a real dialogue is key to making people feel comfortable and allowing them to open up and expose their true selves.

To see more of Mark’s work, visit his website here

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