PUBLISHED: 4:27 PM on Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Still photos run deep

  Mark Kelley
Mark Kelley has just released his ninth book, "Alaska: A Photographic Excursion." As the Juneau Artists Gallery's featured artist this April, Kelley will be signing copies during the gallery's First Friday event April 6.

Visitors to the gallery can take in an entirely new display of Kelley's work including framed prints from the book, soft and hard bound copies of the book as well as his new 2008 Juneau and Southeast Alaska Calendars.

Well known for his landscape and wildlife photography, Kelley's book represents his largest and most comprehensive work yet. It takes readers through the coastal rain forests, fishing towns and ice fields of Southeast Alaska, the waters of Prince William Sound and the Kenai Fjords, the major cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks and ultimately to the Denali National Park. Kelley collaborated with long time friend and renowned Alaska writer, Nick Jans, in the narrative of the book.

While Kelley is one of the newest members of the Juneau Artists Gallery, he brings a depth of imagery that spans over 31 years as a freelance photographer in Southeast Alaska. His photos have appeared on the covers of more than 200 publications including national magazines and closer to home in Alaska Magazine.

Images courtesy of Mark Kelley
  Mark Kelley released his ninth book, "Alaska: A Photographic Excursion," and as Juneau Artists Gallery's featured artist for April, will be signing copies at the gallery April 6.
"About five years ago, I started producing fine art prints," Kelley said.

"I'm thrilled to have a permanent home to share them with locals and visitors alike. Since joining in November, I've come to enjoy the camaraderie of the almost 30 artists who operate Juneau's cooperative gallery."

Kelley has lived in Juneau since 1979 and raised his family on Starr Hill. He started out as a photographer with the Juneau Empire and then grew his portfolio of Southeast images into a full time obsession.

Kelley's photographs can be viewed along side the other member artists of the Juneau Artists Gallery in the Senate Mall Building downtown on Franklin.