A bit about me...

Hello, my name is Mark Appling Fisher, a photographer located in St. Louis, MIssouri. 

I grew up in the small farming community of Montgomery City in East Central Missouri, attended the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where I received a B.A. in Music Education in 1972, and taught elementary music for 14 years. In 1979 I began a course of study in  film photography at the graduate level, eventually resulting in an M.A. in Black and White Photography from Lindenwood University in 1982.

I have been a teacher for more than forty years now, first as an elementary music teacher, then as a video production instructor and instructional media technologist for a large school district from where I retired in 2003. I now teach black and white film photography at community colleges in my region, as well as alternative processes,  toy camera, plastic camera, and pinhole photography. While I love all things film, I also have found great satisfaction with my digital photography, especially for color work. 

My work has been exhibited from coast to coast, and in the past 10 years or so I have curated a variety of exhibits regionally, have been included in more than 120 exhibits locally, regionally, and nationally, and have had more than 20 one person exhibits as well. In June of 2014 I published my first book of photographs, "Turn Left at the Blinking Light".

Portrait by Anthony Schanuel

Portrait by Anthony Schanuel