Mark Hedengren




I have an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art, a BFA from Brigham Young University, and I'm with Getty Images- Global Assignments. I have two books in print: The Mormons and Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange's Three Mormon Towns. Three Mormon Towns was done in collaboration with the Oakland Museum of California and based on a show of my photographs exhibited by the Utah Arts Council. The book is forwarded by esteemed photographer Mary Ellen Mark.



My Cliff Jumpers series was shown in solo a exhibit at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and has been included in shows juried by (among others) Ann M. Shumard, Curator of Photographs of the National Portrait Gallery; Margot Norton, Curatorial Associate of The New Museum; Susan Cross, Curator of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art; Larry Fink; Dave Hickey, Critic at Artforum/Art in America; and Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography at New York Times Magazine.  . I also received the Utah Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship for 2013.


I am also active in film, having movies in Slamdance, Cucaloris, and  BBC Films.  I also directed the feature Sundance Skippy which was broadcast on KJZZ 14 and shown at the International Film Festival Manhattan in addition to other festivals.



I also enjoy writing and philosophy because it's what connects all ideas and you don't have to do preproduction. I wrote a weekly humor column for The Daily Herald for three years and wrote skits for my university comedy group Divine Comedy. I've presented papers "The Question of Duchamp?" and "Pain, Postmodernism and the Work of Art" at the IACR Conference.


Entrepreneurship is a major interest of mine. I've started two successful business and I'm working on my third. I feel Entrepreneurship has more in common with art then anything else. It's creating something out of nothing and requires insight. You can read more about this on my blog.


It's been my very good fortune to have four excellent siblings David Hedengren, Mary Hedengren, Anna Dunn, Emily Lyman who are wonderful dynamic people and my best friends.


The pictures you see to the right are essentially every photograph of me that exists because I'm always the one with the camera.


Link to Mark Hedengren's Blog.





Radio interview about Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange's Three Mormon Towns

UPR interview about Three Mormon Towns with Mark H. and Mary Ellen Mark

Cliff Jumpers


Hedengren's photographs allow us to see ourselves as joyful and uncanny creatures, beautiful and defiled – presented with grand virtuosity.

Richard Roth

Virgina Commonwealth University




Cliff Jumpers with interviews

Other Work

The Mormons and Three Mormon Towns

They Dwelt in a Tent

Quotes about the books: Three Mormon Towns and The Mormons


"It's fascinating. And the revisited section is terrific. Congratulations."

David Campany

Editor of Art and Photography (Phaidon)

University of Westminster


"Mark Hedengren opens our eyes to the world of the Mormon Church, and with simplicity and elegance takes us inside."

David Burnett

Photographer and Co-founder of Contact Press Images


"This is an engaging, lyrical sampling of Mormon life. Hedengren brings an artist's sensibility to his portrait  of an increasingly international church."

Terryl Givens

University of Richmond

Author of Viper on the Hearth (Oxford), By the Hand of Mormon (Oxford)


"In this elegant collection of pictures, Mark Hedengren has given many faces to the contemporary Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."

Claudia L. Bushman

Columbia University Distinguished Emeritus

Author of Contemporary Mormonism: Latter-day Saints in Modern America






Ski Vacation