Mark Simon

Photographer, Filmmaker, Instructor

Photo Essays (a selection)

  • Migration and Europe: 1999 -
  • Political and Religious Extremism: 1992-1998
  • Iraq: Ten Years after Sanctions, 2000
  • North Iraq, Kurdistan: 2000 and 2002
  • Cyprus: A Divided Island, 2001
  • Kosova: On the Brink, 1992-1999
  • Turkey: Kurdish Landlords, 1997; Incirlik-A US Air Base; Islamic Revival-Election, 1998
  • Russia: Election; Nationalism; St. Petersburg, 1996; Natashas - Russian Prostitutes, 1995
  • Rwanda: Genocide: The Aftermath, 1994
  • India: The BJP-RSS; Communal Tensions in India, 1993
  • Germany: East German Doping, 2000
  • Right-wing Extremism, 1992-2000.
  • Jewish Revival, 2000-2002
  • The New Capital, 1997-2002:
  • Turks and Germans in Berlin, 1998
  • Israel: Hebron's Jewish Extremists


Mark Simon is an American-German photographer and filmmaker, living and working in Berlin, Germany. He has worked on assignment in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, and is currently directing a film, “Gay and Happy,” dealing with the reality of young homosexuals from four different countries (Argentina, Brazil, Italy, and Germany) who come together to produce a theater workshop. The film is being shot on location in Berlin, Rome, and Porto Alegre, Brazil. Since 2004 Mark has also been coordinating and teaching the Media - Photography and Film - program for Lexia International’s Berlin study abroad curriculum. He has long been represented by the prestigious Black Star Photography Agency in New York. His editorial clients have included:

The National Geographic Society, Geo-Saison, Stern, Time, Newsweek, Smithsonian - Air and Space, Der Spiegel, Art In America, Granta, Facts, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, and The New York Review of Books.

In addition to his university work, Mark has taught photography to inner-city children in New York, and directed photographic exchange programs between Berlin and London teenagers, and between young adults in Berlin, Italy, and Brazil. He has also lectured and shown work at various universities including the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Michigan.

In addition, he has edited one-hour and feature length documentary films for theatrical distribution, as well as for public television (PBS) in the US. His most recent films include a documentary about Albert Einstein for PBS’s Great American series, directed by Emmy Award-winner Richard Kroeling and narrated by William Hurt, and the feature length Terezin Diary, about the infamous Nazi concentration camp in the Czech Republic, directed and produced by the Emmy award-winners Dan Weissman and Suzannne Justman, and narrated by Eli Wallach. Einstein has been shown on television around the world, as has Terezin Diary, which has also been included in several film festivals, including Berlin’s.


  • Migration: Moses Mendelssohn Akademie, Potsdam. Halberstadt, Germany
  • Migration in Europe: Espaço-Memória dos Exílios, Estoril-Cascais, 2003
  • Migration in Europe: Goethe Institute, Lisbon in 2002
  • Migration in Europe: Expo Lingua, Group Show - Lisbon 2002
  • Again The Other: The Politics of Evil - Goethe Institue, Istanbul, 1998

Photographs from these and other projects have traveled with shows sponsored by Nikon, Leica and Bertelsmann.