Mark Abrahams

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Mark Abrahams (born 1958) is an American fashion and portrait photographer. His work has been featured in Bazaar,[1] Glamour, GQ, The New York Times Magazine,[2] V, Vanity Fair, and Vogue.[3][4] His iconic portraits are known for featuring high profile celebrities in raw, black and white detail.[5]

Early life

Abrahams was born in Santa Ana, California and discovered photography after being gifted a Nikon FM camera. As a young man in the 1980s, Abrahams worked as a truck driver by day, while at night he turned his bathroom into a functioning darkroom to develop film and retouch negatives.[6][7] By the early 1990s Abrahams began photographing musicians and supermodels, and his editorial shoots have been featured in international editions of Vogue, GQ, and other publications.[7][8]

Career

Portraits and Editorial

Abrahams' work has been founded over 30+ years and has been featured in Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, GQ, Vanity Fair, Interview Magazine, and more. These works often portray celebrity faces and bodies in true human form as people rather than celebrities. Editorial shots by Abrahams exemplify this arc of human nature, fuzing the image of celebrity and raw humanity.[9] The photographer explains, “The intent of it is to strip away all the norms and expectations and get to the heart of the matter."[2] Abrahams' has photographed many Hollywood and music industry icons, such as Julianne Moore, George Clooney, James Franco, Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake, Tom Hanks, Sean Diddy Combs, and Dennis Hopper, as well as figures from politics, arts, and sports, such as Michelle Obama, Ed Ruscha, and Evander Holyfield.[3][4][8][10] Among his works, Abrahams has photographed Sharon Stone and Allison Williams for Harper's Bazaar in 2015,[11][12] has multiple covers for Vogue,[13] and has over 630 editorial pieces featured in over 10 high-end fashion magazines and journals.[14] "His subjects are not just famous, but often 'important.'"[2] Annie Lebovitz explains about Abrahams, "Mark’s portraits are very clear & simple. It makes celebrities into people. I see the people. The portraits are direct."[15]

Advertising

Abrahams work has been featured in advertisement campaigns including:

Exhibitions and Publications

"Two Colors"

Abrahams' work has been featured at international art exhibits including the Jaguar Summer Museum in Moscow called "Two Colors".[26][27]

Mark Abrahams

In 2011, Abrahams released a book of candid black-and-white portraits featuring celebrities and personal photos titled Mark Abrahams.[7][15][28][29] Annie Lebovitz hosted Abrahams' self-titled book launch.[30] "Annie said that when she looks at [his] images, she sees the person and not the celebrity.[30]" Lebovitz urged Abrahams to publish the book and threw a party to congratulate him.[31]

Personal life

Family

Abrahams is notoriously private and shares his personal life with his family. He is married to designer Alexis Abrahams. The couple have one daughter together, Grace Bixby Abrahams.[32]

Home Investments

In 2015, the Abrahams sold their self-renovated townhouse at 58 Bank Street in the West Village for $18.1 million after purchasing it originally in 2005 for $3.75 million.[33]

Charity

Abrahams has had charitable projects with FINCA, Hope for Haiti Now, and MSK Cancer Research.

Social Media

Though private, Abrahams created an Instagram account in 2016,[34] Facebook page,[32][35] and personal website.[36][37]

Net worth

Abrahams' net worth is currently under review while he continues to make numerous investments[38]

References

  1. ^ "Allison Williams For Harper: The Fashion Shoot". 2015-11-02. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  2. ^ a b c Heyman, Stephen. "The Boldfaced and the Beautiful". Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  3. ^ a b Homeagency.com. “Mark Abrahams”, “Home Agency”. Retrieved on 20 May 2014.
  4. ^ a b “Covers”, “Mark Abrahams.com”. Retrieved on 20 May 2014.
  5. ^ "'Two Colors' Unnerves Celebs". Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  6. ^ "Mark Abrahams - Photographer". Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  7. ^ a b c Artbook.com “Mark Abrahams”, “Artbook.com”. Retrieved on 20 May 2014.
  8. ^ a b Models.com. “Mark Abrahams”, “Models.com” Retrieved on 20 May 2014.
  9. ^ "What's in a Face, Asks Mark Abrahams". Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  10. ^ "Mark Abarahams shoots Cindy Crawford | Centrefold Magazine". Centrefold Magazine. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  11. ^ "Sharon Stone Goes Nude For Harper's Bazaar". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  12. ^ "Allison Williams For Harper: The Fashion Shoot". 2015-11-02. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  13. ^ "VOGUE". MARK ABRAHAMS. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  14. ^ "Portfolio". Portfolio. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  15. ^ a b Yvonne. "Mark Abrahams Photography Book Launch Event". Socially Superlative. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  16. ^ "Susan Sarandon, 69, Is the Gorgeous New Face of L'Oréal Paris!". 2016-01-08. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  17. ^ "Susan Sarandon Is The New Face Of L'Oréal". NYLON. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  18. ^ "L'Oreal – Portfolio One". portfolioone.com. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  19. ^ "HELENA SOPAR – AVON CAMPAIGN / PHOTO BY MARK ABRAHAMS". HIGHER MODELS - blog. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  20. ^ "Neiman Marcus – Portfolio One". portfolioone.com. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  21. ^ "Chuck Taylor: "CONNECTIVITY" Print Ad by Anomaly New York". Coloribus.com. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  22. ^ "Catherine Zeta-Jones | LA Family". www.lafamily.com. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  23. ^ "thebarberoshop - Personal network". cargocollective.com. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  24. ^ "Mark Abrahams - Timeline | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  25. ^ "Meet Omega's New Star: Naomie Harris". 2015-11-02. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  26. ^ Belan, Kelly. “Jaguar Brings Mark Abrahams’s “Two Colours” Photo Gallery to Moscow”, “PopSop.com” 10 September 2012. Retrieved on 20 May 2014.
  27. ^ Kleiner, Yeugenia. “‘Two Colors' Unnerves Celebs”, “The Moscow Times”, Moscow, 27 September 2012. Retrieved on 20 May 2014.
  28. ^ Frey, James; Abrahams, Mark (2011-10-31). Mark Abrahams. Bologna, Italy: Damiani. ISBN 9788862081382.
  29. ^ Noble, Barnes &. "Mark Abrahams by Mark Abrahams, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble". www.barnesandnoble.com. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  30. ^ a b "The Cannon Canon: Mark Abrahams Photo Exhibit - theFashionSpot". 2011-12-23. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  31. ^ "KDH Party Pix: Annie Leibovitz Hosts A Book Party For Legendary Lensman [and Hamptonite!] Mark Abrahams! - KDHamptons". 2011-12-23. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  32. ^ a b "Mark Abrahams | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  33. ^ "Corcoran Townhouse Report 2015" (PDF). Corcoran Media. Corcoran Group. 2015. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  34. ^ "Mark Abrahams (@markabrahamsphoto) • Instagram photos and videos". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  35. ^ "Mark Abrahams (@markabrahamsphoto) Instagram profile • InsWiki". InsWiki. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  36. ^ "Celebrity focus for Dusted | Dusted". Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  37. ^ "HOME". MARK ABRAHAMS. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  38. ^ "Mark Abrahams Net Worth". Celebrity Net Worth. 2015-10-15. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
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