Mark Kirchner at Soka University Gallery


Photographs copyright of Mark Kirchner

Opening last Sunday, February 1st, 2009, at the Soka University’ Founders Hall Art Gallery, Aliso Viejo, CA, is Mark Kirchners “Manzanar Pilgrimage – Photograhs from the Manzanar National Historic Site 1983-2008” exhibition. The exhibit runs through May 15th, with the artist reception on Thursday, February 12th, from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.

On my first trip I spent five days walking and camping on the Manzanar site. Walking grids and sight lines, I found the land full of artifacts that had passed through time. The remains of old structures and gardens lay hidden in tumbleweeds and sagebrush. Acacia trees that had once been pruned with care stood silently like overgrown Bonsai. I discovered names and dates inscribed in concrete lying quietly as messages and memorials to a hidden past.








By Doug Stockdale

Update: A review of the exhibition has been posted on Photo Exhibit.

4 thoughts on “Mark Kirchner at Soka University Gallery

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  1. Mark, That is truly a fantastic series of excellent photographs. The presentation of your work shows your true dedication to the essence of Manzanar.


  2. Mark Kirchner is a multi talented individual and is a master craftsman at restoring books back to its previous elegance. His record keeping through photography is truly history in the making and his eye is one of the present for the future.A brilliant man.

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