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Find a Place and Go Deep

What's that? A big pile of dirt? No. If you're Mark Quintero, that ordinary heap of Earth can be something much more - a mountainscape at sunset in the Southwestern United States perhaps, or a snowy peak in the Alps. Maybe it’s a picture of a beat up old car by an abandoned factory or a statement on the decay of America's industrial core. Whatever the case may be, it is all about perspective for this visionary.

Mr. Quintero has been at it since the early 1970's. After enlisting in the Army at the age of 18, fully intent on serving a combat tour in Vietnam, he was recruited by Army Intelligence. Stationed in Alaska's Aleutian Islands, he endured countless days of endless night in frigid temperatures while intercepting Soviet Morse Code signals. Later on during his eight years of service, he became the top photojournalist in the U.S. Army, eventually going on to be awarded the Commendation Medal, the Fourth Estate Award and two Keith L. Ware Awards (the Army's equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize).

Mr. Quintero's post-military career largely revolved around honing his skills and developing a signature style. He was able to do this while continuing to serve the U.S. Government at NASA Lewis Research Center's Photography Lab from 1979-1981. The 1980's saw him working for United Press International's Boston and Cleveland offices as a spot news photographer. Having found his quintessential style by the early 1990's, Mr. Quintero took to freelancing. In 1996, shortly before his retirement, his work was featured on the cover for Cleveland's Bicentennial Celebration book.

His work remains relevant as the United States continues its transformation from an industrial/manufacturing based economy to a service based one. His images of Cleveland's eroding landscape resonate this transition in ways we cannot get from news feeds. They capture the feelings behind it, something only a true artist is capable of doing.  

 

Mark Quintero | Cleveland, OH

Fathered the first person to receive a PhD in Ghostbusting. 

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Art is seeing what most people don't take the time to notice.

March 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark Quintero

Wicked awesome! I'm lucky enough to have an original on my wall.

March 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCousin Brian from MA

Great shots Mark

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