Based in Philadelphia, Mark Makela is a photojournalist working worldwide specializing in editorial, documentary and portrait photography. Fervently, he endeavours to capture photographs that will influence, leave lasting impressions, and move individuals into action, ultimately to affect change. Makela hails from Monterey, California. At Bates College he double majored in Art and English. While completing a Master’s of Intercultural Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, Makela taught himself photography and discovered photojournalism as his true passion. Pursuing this path, he transplanted himself to London in 2006. With distinction, he graduated from the London College of Communication with a MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. After six years in the United Kingdom, Makela relocated to Philadelphia in 2012. Makela works on long term documentary projects while also pursuing news assignments. In the last few years he has documented photoessays on the Presidential campaign trail, Civil War living historians, the minor leagues, and Philly Jesus. Leading worldwide publications featuring his photos include: The New York Times, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Times of London, The Sunday Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Vogue, The Independent, The Independent Magazine, The Financial Times, The Daily Mail, The Evening Standard, The British Journal of Photography, PDN, Sports Illustrated, L'espresso, Der Spiegel, and Stern. Makela's work has been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery's Photographic Portrait Prize. He has also been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association, PDN Photo Annual, British Journal of Photography, Foto8 Summer Show, National Union of Journalists, and the New York Photo Festival. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times, Getty Images, Reuters, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.