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

2021     Critical Mass "Top 200 Finalist" Photo Lucida

2021     Royal Photographic Society "Shortlist" International Photography Exhibition 163

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

2021     Life Framer Shortlist "Colors" Selected by Neil Krug

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

2021     A Smith Gallery "Life" Jurors Award 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, Ohio

Selected Solo & Group Exhibition

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

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

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)

2013    Placer Arts “2013 Open Juried Show, celebrating Placer Arts 30th Jubilee” Group Exhibition (Auburn, CA)

2012    Blue Lamp “The Boy with the Russian Camera” Solo Exhibition  (Sacramento, CA)

2012    Placer Arts “Under 30 Show” Group Exhibition (Auburn, CA)

2011    Blue Line Gallery “New Beginnings ” Group Exhibition (Roseville, CA) 

Selected Online Exhibition

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    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    Lenscratch "Favorite Photo of 2020"  Group Exhibition Curated By: Aline Smithson

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 - Limited Edition of 50

2018    That's Life zine - Expanded Edition of 50

2017    To The Sea zine - Limited Edition of 50

2017    All The Time In The World zine - Expanded Edition of 50

2016    Pacific North West zine - Limited Edition of 30

2016    Desert Days zine - Limited Edition of 30

2015    Vegas Streets zine - 1st Edition of 50

2015    10 years zine - Edition of 30 

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

2013    Blood of the Young zine “That’s Life” zine - Edition of 50

Selected Publication / Interviews / Features


Subjectivity Objective "Everything is Narrative" Group Book

Booooooom "Magic Hour Photo Book" Group Book

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

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

Blood of the Young 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...”


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


2019    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