Humane Society of New York's Third Benefit Photography Auction
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After a tumultuous childhood and youth in Russia , separated from his parents and sister, Mark Serman found his inspiration in film and photography at Lenfilm Studios, where he started work as an electrician. There he began to learn his craft, talking with fellow photographers about Avedon and Cartier-Bresson, and in spite of the Cold War mentality, there was a spirit of creativity that inspired him. Emigrating to America , he discovered the diversity of New York and the richness of the country. During the last 24 years his work has evolved and now has been in private shows at Cinestudio, Donnell Library in New York , and Connecticut College ; his portraits appear in the New York Times and Newsweek and on book covers and jackets; he has re-entered the film world, and his work is in private collections world-wide.