Mark De Paola

©Mark De Paola

60 Seconds Moonlight Neck, 2015
by Mark de Paola
Edition 3/12
13×19 Inches
Pigment Print
Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil on sheet verso


© Per Bernal

Mark de Paola is a New York City-based fine art and fashion photographer with over 30 years of experience shooting campaign and fine art commissions for the likes of Vogue Spain, Vogue Mexico, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Prabal Gurung, Estee Lauder, Aveda, Aman Resorts, and Saint Laurent. 

De Paola has directed several hundred television spots in the fashion/beauty sector including those for Giorgio RED Perfume (Bergdorf Goodman windows and MoMA NY), Ducati, Leica Camera, Sony, Neutrogena, and Ford Motorsports. 

De Paola’s fine art work is included in public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Getty in Los Angeles, the San Diego Center of Photographic Arts, and the TOP Museum in Tokyo. His photography monographs Recent Work I (2018), Recent Work II (2019), and Five Years and Sixty Seconds (2020) can be found with Leica Camera retailers in major cities worldwide. De Paola’s solo exhibitions have traveled around the world including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dali (China), Tokyo, Milan (Triennale Museum), and at home in New York City. 

De Paola’s motion picture A Stab At Heaven is set to premiere in 2024. 

His pictorialist work as a still and motion artist has been driven by his studies of the neurobiology and cognitive psychology of human vision.

When did you start using Leica? 
At 12 years old I had my camera stolen at gunpoint in Central Park. I saved and saved and bought an M3 double stroke with a 50mm collapsible Summicron. I shoot the same setup today. 

What is your favorite camera? 
M4-M (motor capable) with the 50mm F1.0 Noctilux (E58)

What is your favorite subject matter to shoot? 
Portraits. All of my images are portraits no matter what the subject. 
What other Leica camera are you thinking of getting? 
An M4 KE-7A with a 50mm F2.0 Elcan
How has Leica changed your life?
Leica is, quite simply, my connection to the world around me. Leica carries my soul. 


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