Biography

Internationally acclaimed photographer Kurt Markus is at home on a fashion shoot as he is on location off the beaten track anywhere in the world. Kurt seamlessly applies his unique aesthetic to a breadth of work that spans the gamut of subject: music, sport, celebrity, travel, reportage, fashion, figure study and landscape.

He has made pictures for, with few exceptions, virtually all of the major publications, to include: Vanity Fair, GQ, Rolling Stone, Travel + Leisure, New York Times Magazine, Outside, Esquire, Conde Nast Traveler, Texas Monthly, People, Entertainment Weekly, Men’s and Women’s Health, several editions of Vogue, Flair, German Elle, House and Garden, and Best Life, among many others. He has done advertising campaigns for such clients as: Armani, BMW, Sony, Levi’s, Timberland, Calvin Klein and Nike.

Kurt’s photographs are in the collections of several museums and he is represented by galleries in New York, Milan and Berlin. He is widely published, both in monographs and anthologies. Those monographs include: three volumes on cowboys, After Barbed Wire, Cowpuncher, and Buckaroo, a subject he dedicated himself to for many years and a book on boxers, for which he traveled to New York, Havana, Mexico and Ireland. Kurt also published, under his own imprint (Wild Horse Island Press) "Dune", a book featuring the sand dune photographs of Edward and his son, Brett.

Kurt has directed music videos for Jewel, Tori Amos and John Mellencamp. He and son Ian recently completed the documentary film "It’s About You", made during Mellencamp’s 2009 summer tour and recording sessions. The edited version opened for John on his 2010-2011 tour, and the full-length version premiered at the South By Southwest film festival in 2011; it was also screened in Dallas and Nashville before opening theatrically in New York and Los Angeles, to positive reviews. Kurt is currently working on his second feature-length documentary film, "Standing Room Only", a look into six-man high school football in rural Montana; it's premiere is scheduled for January 2014.

In 2010, Kurt Markus wrote the screenplay Deep Six. It has gone on to win Los Angeles Cinema Awards' "Merit Award" and Los Angeles Movie Awards' "Honorable Mention." He has since penned a second screenplay, "Honor Code", a narrative drama set against the backdrop of the My Lai, Vietnam, massacre.

Kurt and his wife and agent of thirty years, Maria, live and work in Montana, where he was born and raised. He has a daughter, Jade, by a first marriage, and two sons, Weston and Ian, also photographers, with Maria.