Mark Ludak received his MFA in photography from the City University of New York at Hunter College after completing undergraduate studies in philosophy at Villanova University and Monmouth University. He studied fine art at Parsons School of Design.
In 2018 he was awarded an Individual Fellowship in Visual Art-Photography from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. In 2016 he received a Puffin Foundation Grant for photography. He is the recipient two Monmouth University Grants in Aid of Creativity, and a grant from the Urban Coast Institute of Monmouth University.
Most recently his work has been exhibited at Wheaton Arts, the Arts Council of Princeton at Princeton Public Library, Pollak and Ice House Galleries at Monmouth University, Photography Resource Center at Boston University and the Hamilton & Arronson Galleries at University of the Arts in Philadelphia as part of the Society for Photographic Education's 50th Annual Exhibition.
He has completed commissions for Apple, Solebury Township Land Preservation Fund, Ford Foundation and Environmental Defense Defense Fund among others over a twenty-five year career. His editorial work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, Der Spiegel, Time, Newsweek, US News & World Report and others. For his photojournalistic work he was awarded a Keystone Press Award for Excellence in Journalism. He has received numerous awards for his collaborative work with graphic designers and creative directors for annual reports, exhibition catalogs, and corporate communications.
Since 2006 Mark has taught at Monmouth University, currently as a Specialist Professor of Photography where he coordinates the photography concentration in studio art. Previously he taught at Hunter College-CUNY, San Francisco State University and the Printmaking Center of New Jersey. In the fall of 2018 he was appointed as an MFA Artist-Mentor at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
Photo: Mykaela Rypkema