Marcus Sharpe became interested in Photography while
still working for a local Orlando television station in
1973. As a production director, he wanted to use his
own still shots for programs he was directing.
Borrowing one instructional book at a time, he taught
himself the basics of photography, such as proper
exposure and camera operation. Within four years,
he began learning from some of the masters, including
Ansel Adams, Eikoh Hosoe, Jerry Uelsmann and
Lewis Baltz in Monterey, California. He also studied
with Ralph Gibson, Edmund Teske, Van Deren Coke,
Betty Hahn, Barbara Crane, Duane Michaels and
Jimm Roberts. In 1977, Marcus started getting recognition
in art shows around the Southeast, including “Best in Show”
in the Halifax Arts Festival and “Best in Photography”
in the Winter Park Sidewalk Arts Festival.
These local awards prompted attention from the
High Museum of Art in Atlanta as well as the Museum of
Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, which each
purchased a photograph for their permanent collections.
During his career, Marcus has also exhibited his work in
respected galleries and art centers, including group
exhibits at The Atlanta Gallery of Photography,
Maitland Art Center, The Mt. Dora Center for the Arts,
and Loch Haven Art Center, (now the Orlando Museum of Art),
as well as a one-man show at the Kimo Gallery in
Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Commercially, Marcus has worked in Atlanta, Orlando,
Albuquerque, and Santa Fe during the past 30 years.
He has been recognized for his commercial successes,
winning 21 Addy Awards by the New Mexico Ad
Federation and in 1991 he was “The Official Photographer
for The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.” He also
has been a photography instructor at what is currently the
Orlando Museum of Art.