Mark's new book, "Celebrating El Paso" was released a month ago and has been received rather positively. It has consistently been on
the best seller list in the city. Mark originally self published this book before it was taken up by a publisher.
Gene Starner (National Book Review) says-
"Mark Paulda's abiding romance with his home city of El
Paso is apparent in nearly every photograph in this lush
coffee table pictorial. Constantly changing scale and
strategy, he reveals the allure of this many-sided city;
ambitious aerial shots rubbing shoulders with a sun-drenched
close-up of an outdoor flower market or a complex mirror
image of postmodern buildings. These artful, affectionate
views are, we are told, the first-ever photographic
celebration of El Paso. It was worth the wait."
Randy Limbird (El Paso Scene) says-
'Celebrating El Paso' by Mark Paulda (TCU Press). El Paso's richest human resources are often those who leave, learn and come back. Mark Paulda is one of those. The El Paso native learned the craft and art of photography around the world, winning awards and exhibiting nationally, but has focused his lens on his hometown in recent years. "Celebrating El Paso" originally was a self-published venture, but deservedly has been reprinted by TCU press, this time with a foreword by El Paso Mayor John Cook. Its 160 fine art photographs range from architectural detail to desert panoramas to aerial views. At $29.95, it's a perfect gift for anyone's coffee table, including your own.
The book was released in October by TCU Press (http://www.prs.tcu.edu/fall09.html) and since then has consistently been one of El Paso's top-sellers (it's available locally at Barnes & Noble, the El Paso Museum of Art, and Hal Marcus Gallery and online at Amazon.com).
Mark isn't seeing this as just a one-off effort; to him, it's a movement for civic pride, helping to promote a positive depiction of the border. Through Mark's website and mailing list, we've seen that there are fans of the book both nationally and around the world, encompassing everyday people as well as other professional photographers. Hence, the book is providing a great opportunity to promote tourism and economic development for our city. And as Mark has made great strides in photography, winning awards for his work both in the United States and abroad, we'd love to promote him as a proud El Pasoan!