William Mark Sommer



2019    BFA Art - Photography from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

2012    AA Photography from Sierra College, Rocklin, CA

Teaching Experience

2016-2017      Special Education Teaching Aid in the Loomis Union School District (K-8th)

2009-2012      Teachers Assistant at Sierra College for Chris Fraser 

Awards / Scholarships / Residencies

2024    Farwell House Artist in Residence (Frederick IL) June 3 - June 15 2024

2023    Chalk Hill Residency “Artist in Residence”(Napa, CA)  March 12th - May 16th.

2023    refocus Awards Color Award “3rd Overall, Gold in Still life, and Silver in Minimalism categories ” (Professional)

2023    URBANAUTICA Institute Awards 2022  "Special Mention" Anthropology and Territories

2023    Black & White Photo Contest "Honorable Mention" Landscapes, Film/Analog, and People categories (Professional)

2023    1854 Media & British Journal of Photography "Open Walls" Single Image Category Winner

2022    Center for Photographic Art "2nd Place Award" International Juried Exhibition Juror: Paul Kopeikin

2022    Center For Fine Art Photography "Honorable Mention" Center Forward Exhibition  Jurors: Alyssa Coppelman & Christy Havranek

2022    Off The Coast "Rent Free Residency" One Month 

2022    1854 Media & British Journal of Photography "Decade of Change" Single Image Category Winner 

2022    Chromatic Awards "Honorable Mention"  Architecture and Travel (Professional)

2022    reFocus Awards "Honorable Mention" Travel - OneShot Photo Contest

2021     1854 Media & British Journal of Photography "Open WallsSingle Image Category Winner

2021     Life Framer Shortlist "Colors" Selected by Neil Krug

2021     Critical Mass "Top 200 Finalist" Photo Lucida

2021     Royal Photographic Society "Shortlist" International Photography Exhibition 163

2021     Midwest Center of Photography "2021 Juried Exhibition" Jurors Award: Landscape 

2021     A Smith Gallery "Jurors Award" Life Exhibition  Selected by Alyssa Coppelman

2020     Life Framer First Prize Award “Open Call” Selected by Alex Prager

2019     Merit Scholarship Arizona State University

2018     Merit Scholarship Arizona State University

2018     OpenWabi "Artist in Residence" Two Weeks  (Fredricktown, OH)

Selected Solo & Group Exhibition

2024    The Billboard Creative:10-Year Anniversary Show, "SURREAL: The 2024 Installation."  Curator: Mona Kuhn (Los Angeles, CA)

2023    Chalk Hill Gallery "On The Road, William Mark Sommer" Solo Exhibition (Healdsburg, CA) March 12 - May 16th.

2023    Alexandria Museum of Art "36th September Competition" Juried exhibition (Alexandria, LA)  July 1 - October 7

2023    Masur Museum of Art “60th Annual Juried Competition” (Monroe, LA) Juried by: Jovanna Venegas

2023    Yellowstone Museum of Art “Art Auction 55” Juried exhibition (Billings, MT)

2023    The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art “Southern Miss National  Poster Show” Juried exhibition (Hattiesburg, MS)

2023    Colorado Photographic Arts Center "Nights" Digital Projection (Denver, CO)

2023    Dallas Center For Photography "Analog Now" Group Exhibition (Dallas, TX)

2023    Grants Pass Museum of Art “6x6” Group Exhibition (Grants Pass, OR)

2023    RI Center for Photographic Art “Words Matter” Juried exhibition (Providence, RI)

2023    Galerie Huit Arles x 1854 & British Journal of Photography "Open Walls Arles 2022" (Arles, France)

2023    LoosenArt "Night Skies and Astro Imaging" Group Exhibition (Rome, Italy)

2023    Ph21 Photography Gallery “Scene and Meaning” Group Exhibition (Barcelona, Spain)

2023    Dallas Center For Photography "Off The Walls Fundraiser" Invited Exhibition (Dallas, TX)

2023    Strata Gallery “Fragments” Group Exhibition (Santa Fe, NM)

2022    Center for Photographic Art "International Juried Exhibition" (Carmel, CA) 

2022    InCadaqués Photo Festival x British Journal of Photography Group Exhibition (Cadaqués, Spain)

2022    City Quays Gallery-Part of Belfast Photo Festival  "Decade of Change" Group Exhibition  (Belfast, Ireland)

2022    International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum “Photography Contest 2022” Juried  Exhibition (St. Louis, MO)

2022    Center For Fine Art Photography "Center Forward 2022" Juried Group Exhibition (Fort Collins, CO)

2022    Griffen Museum of Photography "Winter Solstice" Group Exhibition (Winchester, Ma)

2022    North Carolina Museum of Art "Revelo" Part of Click Photography Festival  Group Exhibition (Raleigh, NC)

2022    Vault Gallery- University of West Georgia "Infinite Weight/Present Histories" Group Exhibition (Carrollton, GA)

2022    Glasgow Gallery of Photography "Pandemic" Juried Group Exhibition (Glasgow, United Kingdom)

2022    Yeiser Art Center "Art Through The Lens 2022" Group Exhibition (Paducah, KY)

2022    Griffen Museum of Photography "Members Project(ions)" Group Exhibition (Winchester, Ma)

2022    Midwest Center For Photography "Americana" Group Exhibition (Wichita, KS)

2022    Panopticon Gallery "Film Is Not Dead"  Group Exhibition (Boston, MA) 

2022    CAV Gallery "El Santo Niño Project" Benefit Show (Las Cruses, NM)

2022    Well Well Projects "Smart Objects / Flattened Image" Group Exhibition (Portland, OR)

2022    Northlight Gallery "Circle of Influence: Honoring Mark Klett"  Group Exhibition (Phoenix, AZ)

2022    A Smith Gallery “Twelve Year Anniversary” Group Award Exhibition (Johnson City, TX)

2022    Punch Projects "Barnstorm" Juried Group Exhibition (Thorp, WA)

2022    Gwinnett County Public Library "Photo Annual Exhibition"Group Exhibition (Dulut, GA)

2022    Axis Gallery "17 National Juried Exhibition" Group Exhibition (Sacramento, CA) 

2022    Photographic Center Northwest "Chase The Light 2022" Fundraiser Exhibition (Seattle, WA)

2022    Subjectively Objective "Everything is Narrative” Group Exhibition (Detroit, MI) 

2022    Downtown Arts Collective & Public Darkroom "Analog Today" Group Exhibition (Orlando, FL) 

2022    Center For Creative Photography & the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research "Trees" Group Collaged Installation (Tucson, AZ)

2021    Galerie Huit Arles x 1854 & British Journal of Photography "Open Walls Arles 2021" (Arles, France)

2021    Decode Gallery "Traveled Paths" Group Exhibition (Tucson, AZ)

2021    Tree House Analog Selects "Pandemic" Group Exhibition (Honolulu, HI)

2021    Black Box Gallery "Fieldwork: Landscape & Architecture" Group Exhibition (Portland, OR)

2021    Black Box Gallery "Focus: Portraiture" Group Exhibition (Portland, OR)

2021    Photo Place Gallery "Quiet Landscape" Group Exhibition (Middlebury, VT)

2021    PH21 Photography Gallery "Silence" Juried Group Exhibition (Budapest, Hungary)

2021    7th Annual Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition (Cumberland, MD)

2021    D'art Gallery "Photography: Your Vision" Juried Group Exhibition (Denver, CO)

2021    Galerie Echo 119 x Life Framer Group Exhibition (Paris, France)

2021    Midwest Center For Photography "2021 Juried Exhibition" Group Exhibition (Wichita, KS)

2021    Colorado Photographic Arts Center "Reimagining Hope"  Digital Projection on Daniels and Fisher Clocktower (Denver, CO)

2021    A Smith Gallery "life" Group Exhibition (Johnson City, TX)

2021    SE Center for Photography “Open” Juried Exhibition (Greenville, SC)

2020    Contour Gallery x Life Framer Group Exhibition (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

2020    RVCA SF “Friends and Family” Group Exhibition (San Francisco, CA)

2020    Houston Center For Photography " Togethering" Juried Exhibition (Houston, TX)

2020    Axis Gallery "Portraits Without People" Juried Exhibition (Sacramento, CA) 

2020    Subjectively Objective "Observations In The Ordinary” Group Exhibition (Detroit, MI) 

2019    Sparrow Gallery, “The Latent Image” Juried Exhibition (Sacramento, CA)

2018    Gallery 100 "Surface" ASU BFA Group Exhibition (Tempe, AZ)

2016    The Photocopy Club "Xerox and Destroy 2" Group Exhibition (Exeter City Centre, England)

2016    The Photocopy Club “Hit The Road” Group Exhibition (Fotofestiwal, Poland)

2016    KVIE Gallery "Fine Art of Public Television Group Show" (Sacramento, CA)

2014    Grant Hall Gallery UNLV, “Just Being Human” Group Exhibition (Las Vegas, NV)

2014    Book and Job gallery, Findrangers Zine #3 “Smoke and Mirrors” Group Exhibition (San Francisco, CA)

2014    Book and Job gallery," Findrangers Zine #2" Group Exhibition (San Francisco, CA)

2013    Ro Sham Bo “365/Circles" Solo Exhibition (Auburn, CA)

2013    Lifecycles “Go Gettas” Group Exhibition (Montreal, Canada)

Selected Online Exhibition

2022    Too Tired Project "Carry My Heart" Group Exhibition Curated by: Troy Colby

2022    Float Magazine "Seeing Red" Group Exhibition Curated by: Dana Stirling

2022    Lenscratch "2/22/22: Pairs and Diptychs" Group Exhibition Curated by: Aline Smithson

2021    1854 & British Journal of Photography with New Art City, "Edition 365: A portrait of a year that changed everything." Group Exhibition

2021    Lenscratch "Politics of the Kitchen" Group Exhibition Curated by: Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lichman

2021    Don't Take Pictures "Blue Skies" Group Exhibition 

2021    Lenscratch "Family Gatherings" Group Exhibition Curated by: Aline Smithson

2021    Humble Arts Foundation "Embracing Stillness" Group Show 67 Curated by: Sara Urban and John Feinstein

2021    Don't Take Pictures "Dusk To Dawn" Group Exhibition

2020    Off The Coast "The Shape of Content"  Group Exhibition

2020    ARTDOC Photography Magazine "Analogue Renaissance" Group Exhibition

2020    Analog Forever Magazine "Love In All Forms" Group Exhibition Curated by: Rashod Taylor

2020    Humble Arts Foundation "Portraits Without People" Quarantined Group Exhibition. Curated by: Roula Seikaly.

2020    Don't Take Pictures "A Show of Hands" Group Exhibition

2020    Don't Take Pictures "The View From Here" Group Exhibition

2020    Fraction Magazine: Issue 134 "Better Living through Chemistry" Group Exhibition Curated By:  Michael Kirchoff

2020    Lenscratch "2020 Self Quarantine Exhibition" Group Exhibition Curated By: Aline Smithson

2020    F-Stop Magazine "Past/Future Issue" Group Exhibition

Self-Publised Books and Zines

2018    Buckeye zine

2017    To The Sea zine

2017    All The Time In The World zine

2016    Pacific North West zine

2016    Desert Days zine

2015    Vegas Streets zine

2015    10 years zine

Published Solo Books and Zines

2019    Subjectively Objective Mini Monograph “Issue 73: William Mark Sommer” zine - Edition of 65

2014    A Love Token Zine “All The Time In The World” zine - Edition of 25

Selected Publication / Interviews / Features


Lenscratch "Isolationism In Photography: William Mark Sommer: The Loneliest Highway" interview

Booooooom "Black Thumb" Feature

Float "Home Is Where" Group Zine

Another-Earth "What Makes a Lake? Tracing Movement" Group Book

Insider "39 award-winning photos..." Awards article (Pink Donut) Feature

ReFocus Awards "William Mark Sommer Interview"


Lodown Magazine - Drifters issue "The Loneliest Highway" Feature and Interview (Print)

Nowhere Diary "The Loneliest Highway" Feature

Fisheye Magazine "Les coups de cœur #404" The Loneliest Highway Feature

Booooooom "Photographer Spotlight" Feature

Life Framer"Colors: An Elevated Spectrum" Editors Pick Feature

Treehouse Hawaii "Pandemic" zine (Print)

The Flying Fruit Bowl "Lost Highway" Feature

Aint-Bad "The Loneliest Highway" Series Feature

Find Rangers Camera Club "#27" Group zine (Print)

Japan Camera Hunter "Jesse's Visual Interviews: William Mark Sommer" Photographic Interview

The Flying Fruit Bowl "The Loneliest Highway" Series Feature


Subjectivity Objective "Everything is Narrative" Group Book

Booooooom "Magic Hour Photo Book" Group Book

Fiiiirst "Edition 5" Photographic Conversation with Federico "Monty" Kaplan

Booooooom "The Lincoln Highway" Series Feature

Nowhere Diary "Dusted" Series Feature

Life Framer "World Travelers" Editors Pick Feature

Find Rangers Camera Club "#25" Group Zine

Float Magazine "The Loneliest Highway" Series Feature

MonoVisions Magazine "The Loneliest Highway" Series Feature

Edge of Humanity Magazine "Father and Son Story" Black Thumb Feature

Off the Coast "Dusted"  Interview & Feature


Life Framer "Glory and Contradictions" Dusted Interview

The Independent Photographer "Black & White Award" Editors Picks Feature

Booooooom "75 Photos by 75 photographers" Article

C41 Magazine "Dusted" Feature

Then There Was Us "Western America’s Post Mining Towns That Fell Victim To Decline" Dusted Feature

The Modern-Day Explorer "Dusted" Series Feature

Analog Magazine "Dusted" Series Feature and Interview

Landscape-Stories "Dusted" Series Feature 

Format Magazine "Landscape Photography" Portfolio Feature

Find Rangers Camera Club "#23" Group zine

Aint-Bad "What We've Found - Mass Production" Article

Don't Take Pictures "Photo of the Day, April 10th"

Booooooom “Dusted” Series Feature


Aint-Bad “Dusted” Series Feature

Aint-Bad “What The F**k Are We Doing?” Article

Float Magazine "Established View" Series Feature

Eyeshot Magazine “Lost Highway” Series Feature

Journal of Urban Photography "Vegas Streets" Series Feature

Findrangers Camera Club “#20” Group Zine 

Subjectively Objective “Observations in the Ordinary” Group Book

Mono Visions Magazine “Dusted” Series Feature and Interview

NewLandscapePhotography.com “All The Time In The World” Series Feature

Phoenix Transect “Dusted” Series Feature


Format Magazine “18 Landscape Photographers Who Will Inspire You to Get Outside” Article

Findrangers Camera Club #16 Color” group zine


Stay Wild magazine “We Will Survive” Winter 2017 Issue, Coverand Reverse Cover. Feature

Feature Shoot “12 Photos will make you yearn for the American West” Article

Aesthetica Magazine “New Artist: August 2017” Feature

Indisposable Concept “Roll 5” Film Feature


SF Zine Fest Interview

*82 Review "Issue 4.4" Print Edition 

Indisposable Concept “Roll 3” Feature

Findrangers Camera Club "#11 Travel" group zine 

Findrangers Camera Club "#X" group zine


The Analogue Project “Abandoned” Feature and Interview

Indisposable Concept “Roll 1” Feature

Desert Companion Magazine "Awards" Article

Findrangers Camera Club zine "#8" group zine

Thrasher Magazine "March 2015, "Photograffiti" Feature


Findrangers Camera Club "#5" Group zine

Portland Mercury “Catching Out” Train Hopping, Article.

Nighted zines “Nighted Life 6” Group zine

Findrangers Camera Club "#3" Group zine

Findrangers Camera Club Zine #2 Group zine 

Fecal Face Dot Com “Photo of the day.” Feature


Blood of the Young zine “100 photographs of 2013” Group zine

A Love Token Zine “Moonbeams” Group zine

B.O.T.Y. zine “Go Getta” zine

Fecal Face Dot Com "Photo of the Day"

Fecal Face Dot Com “Photo of the day”

SFMOMA Blog "Mouth Pinholes" April 12th, Photo Feature


SFMOMA Blog “Mission Riot" November 9th, Photo Feature

KALTBLUT Magazine Featured Artist 

Strongbox Magazine, Volume Four, Issue One,"The Boy With The Russian Camera" Feature


Light Leaks Magazine “Issue 19: Secrets...”


2022     SFV Zine Fest (Virtual) 

2020     SF Camera Work, Holiday Book & Zine Fair, December 17th (Virtual) 

2018     LA Zinefest, Pasadena Convention, Center, May 27th

2016     SF Zinefest, County Fair Building, September 4th


Mark Klett Achive (Tempe, AZ)

Northlight Gallery ASU (Tempe, AZ)

Presentations / Invited Lectures 

2017     Lincoln High School Lecture Photography Class. October 12th

2017     Awesome Cameras Podcast Episode #31 William Mark Sommer


2021     Monovisions Photography Awards Judge

2020     Monovisions Photography Awards Judge

Professional Experience

2011-2019    Studio Assistant to Chris Fraser

2014    Polaroid Fotobar Las Vegas Museum Technician 

2009-2012     Black and White Lab Assistant at Sierra College

Using Format