Mark Lindquist Photography - Biographical Information - A Pictorial Account

Mark Lindquist is best known for his contributions to  the American Studio Woodturning / Wood Sculpture movement that gained serious momentum during the mid-1970's.  Throughout his professional involvement as a wood sculptor he has been involved with photography and has worked semi-pro, occasionally, over the years.

A few facts:

Mark Lindquist was born in Oakland, CA in 1949, son of engineer and woodturning pioneer Melvin Lindquist

Mark is primarily a NIKON Shooter from waaaaay back - here is his first Nikon:

"THE CAMERA" (metal sculpture by Mark Lindquist, circa 1969, life-size)         sculpture copyright: Mark Lindquist 1969 | Photo: Mark Lindquist circa 2005

Mark's dad, Mel, taught Mark to take snapshots at camp in the upstate NY Adirondacks when Mark was very young.
Here's a photo Mel took of Mark when Mark was chainsawing at the age of 10:  (photo: Mel Lindquist circa 1959)

Mark studied photography first, at New England College in Henniker, NH, with a professor named Charles Sawyer. 
Charlie used to watch black and white TV with no sound on. 
He developed his photos in a bathtub darkroom when he couldn't use the college darkroom.
If you ask Charlie about teaching photography at NEC back in the 60's, he won't remember...( hmmmmmmm)
Charlie wrote:  The Arrival of B.B. King: The Authorized Biography (Go To Charlie's Homeboy Page:  )

This is a picture of Charlie Sawyer (he's on left, Ansel Adams is on right)
Photo: Bob Aude (copyright) Published by permission of Charles Sawyer

Next, Mark studied photography and art with a "zen adherent potter"  Darr Collins.  Collins was at NEC teaching for a professor who was on sabbatical.  Darr conned Mark into making kick wheels instead of sculpture, and then he got Mark to help him build a pottery studio.

Mark Lindquist, above, at Darr Collin's temporary art studio, Henniker, NH, 1969 (Photo Darr Collins)

Mark is photographed here by Darr Collins, as they are building Collin's ultra low budget art studio in Henniker, NH in 1969-70.

Photo: Darr Collins, circa 1969

Darr Collins, artist, photographer, visiting professor, soon to be full blown potter in Henniker, NH, 1969, photo Bob Aude

Darr photographed Mark during the late 60's through early 70's and taught the basics/advanced theories of photography during the
ongoing apprenticeship Mark served circa 1969-1971.
Following is a photo of Mark by Darr Collins circa 1969 taken at the NORTH OF BOSTON BOOKSTORE, Henniker, NH:

Another photo of Mark by Darr Collins taken in THE RED CABIN, Henniker, NH, circa 1969-70
Title had to be something like:  THROUGH THE LENS....

Mark and his wife Kathy had a Black and White fine art print lab in Henniker NH during the 1970's - early 80's.  Kathy worked for a few magazines during that time.  Mark made his Zone Line Series photos (close-ups of spalted wood).
Mark continues to work in his Zone Line Series today 

Henniker Cascades Waterfall, Mark Lindquist, circa mid-1970's, original print on Agfa Portriga Rapid.  Copyright Lindquist Studios

In the late 1970s, during the Carter administration, Mark Lindquist was photographic assistant on the project to duplicate the Oval Office Desk for the JFK Memorial Library in Boston, Massachusetts.  He helped to photograph, measure, and pattern the desk which was subsequently made by the renowned master craftsman Robert Whitley of Bucks County, PA.

Robert Whitley (left), and Mark Lindquist (right), circa 1978, Oval Office, White House, Washington, DC.
(Copyright Lindquist Studios)  by Mark Lindquist with his Nikormat on self timer.

Mark Lindquist preparing to pattern a side panel of the Oval Office Desk, for rice paper rubbing of carvings.
Robert Whitley, who received the commission, asked Mark Lindquist to assist in the photographing, measuring and patterning of the desk.  Whitley and Lindquist spent three days and two nights working in the oval office taking numerous photographs, rubbings and measurements.  This was the first time the desk in the oval office had been duplicated.  The black and white photos were processed by Lindquist Studios in Henniker, NH.
Photo (
Copyright Lindquist Studios) by Mark Lindquist with his Nikormat on self timer. 

SEE ROBERT WHITLEY, one of our nation's most highly respected craftsman, who made the replication, that is now in JFK Library

In 1993, the late renowned scholar Penelope Mason who wrote the History of Japanese Art, requested use of rare photos of the process of cord marking used in the making of Jomon pots from a rival publisher in Japan.  She was denied reproduction rights and came to Mark Lindquist for help.  Applying his background in pottery, he was able to come up with a system that would replicate the markings, and photographed the results which were published in her book.  It was the first such volume in thirty years to chart a detailed overview of the subject.  It remains the only comprehensive survey of its kind in English, according to Abrams, publisher.

Photos on left, by Mark Lindquist, (Copyright Lindquist Studios) , illustrating the techniques used for producing cord markings in Jomon pottery.  The page illustrates Lindquist's photos in the book; History of Japanese Art, by Penelope Mason. 

In 1999, Lindquist took on a client who became one of the most distinguished precious metals dealers in the country.  Lindquist was commissioned to photograph precious metals coins and historical bullion.  Developing techniques for shooting in natural light, many of his images are in use today, illustrating gold and silver bullion and historical collector coins.

Mark Lindquist, Walking Liberty, 2005,
Copyright Lindquist Studios | all rights reserved.

In 2008, Mark Lindquist and his assistant, photographer John McFadden worked together for 6 weeks on a special project
documenting the work of six sculptors for an exhibition entitled ICONS: A Tribute To Mel Lindquist. 
The photographs were published in a major catalog that was printed in Hong Kong. 

Mark Lindquist (left) working with assistant John McFadden (right) on ICONS: A Tribute To Mel Lindquist catalog.
Mark and John spent 3 weeks in Miami shooting and 3 weeks at Lindquist Studios editing.
The catalog is available through rakovaBreckergallery

Photo: Mark Lindquist 2008
Copyright Lindquist Studios | all rights reserved




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