Jet Set: The travel photography and photojournalism of Mark Edward Harris
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Jet Set: The travel photography and photojournalism of Mark Edward Harris

Pyongyang - Traffic Officer. Photo by Mark Edward Harris

With nearly thirty years of photography as well as a current tally of almost ninety countries under his belt, travel, editorial and reportage photographer Mark Edward Harris has dedicated his eye to capturing life. The world traveler has survived the tumultuous transition from film to digital with aplomb, and while his career has provided him ample opportunities to learn from a litany of master photographers, even now he feels that he is still learning his craft. 

As a journalist with a Master of Arts Degree in Pictorial/Documentary History, Harris frequently supplements his photography by writing for a number of publications, and can count legacy photographers like Helmut Newton and Annie Leibovitz amongst the many hundreds of interviews that he has done. He has also been afforded incredible access to North Korea and has been able to produce three books that concentrate on the Korean peninsula; 'Inside North Korea', 'North Korea' and 'South Korea'. Alongside three other books his work has been published in a number of periodicals like Life, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic, Playboy, Stern and the Los Angeles Times. 

Interestingly, his career in photography began as a still shooter for the Merv Griffin Show, but it was a four month trek through the Pacific, Southeast Asia, China and Japan when the show ended in 1986 that first ignited his true love; travel photography. Read more about Harris' long history with photography as well as several tips from the experienced documentarist on traveling light in the Q+A and slideshow. See more of his work through his website at www.markedwardharris.com.