Mark Mignogna, one of eight children,was born in Syracuse, NY on November 11th 1966. His first experience with the magic of photography came in the mid 70's, via the shutter release of his older sister's "not to be touched" Polaroid One Step. The subsequently rolled out image of his elderly neighbor's small 19th century carriage house; was dwarfed by, yet lovingly held in the arms of a magnificent Norway spruce. Not a pivotal moment in the history of art but perhaps; even in his small world, a personal awakening to the enormous number of times such an instrument could be used to document it. The work was left anonymously beside her camera.
After moving to New York City in 1989 and holding a couple of short-term jobs, Mark
began what he in part considers an education in art; this being sixteen years full-time employment in N.Y.C. art galleries: CDS Gallery 1990-1993, Throckmorton Fine Art 1993-2004, Barry Friedman Ltd. 2004-2006. As well as freelance work for a number of other galleries, private dealers, auction houses, major collectors, artists, and art services companies over the years and since 2006. This exposure familiarized him with most of the visual and plastic arts, from Neolithic sculpture to new media works.
Early on at Throckmorton F.A., while working with the tremendous collection
of vintage and contemporary photographs, Mark became inspired to take his own casual photographic efforts to the next level. From that time forward he was permanently attached to a 35mm Nikon-F, with the occasional use of 6X6cm and 8X10" cameras. Since 2006, he has been working entirely with the 4X5" format.
Mark continues to use black and white film and produces hand made Gelatin Silver prints in a traditional darkroom using long established archival methods. Still living in New York; he shoulders the load through what he calls his primary subject: the defiant, obstructive, unyielding, persistent, excessive, flaunting, nonconforming, uncompromising, extravagant, inappropriate and increasingly odd, though abundantly beloved 843 acre profundity, Central Park.