Mark Engelen was born as Mark Janssen in 1975 and graduated at the Academy of fine arts St. Joost in 1999. Recently he started using his mothers maiden name. A symbolic gesture. After working in several fields of photographic expertise he now has found his muse and specializes in largely scaled, staged, theatrical photography. In his work themes like solitude and demise can be found. His clientele consists of multinationals, magazines, music artists, commercial agency’s and cultural institutions. Besides assigned projects, giving life to non-commissioned series is a big part of his activities in which he likes to work with setdesign in order to visualize his vision in the best way. This craftsmanship is visually present in his images. His non-commissioned work is on permanent display at his Dutch gallery, gets a lot of media attention and has been added to several important collections. His work has been displayed at festivals like Breda Photo and PHE. He also received several prizes. Recently he also started to direct music videos. Also his work has featured in international online fashion magazines besides work of Erwin Olaf and Inez van Lamsweerde - Vinoodh Matadin.