Maxwell MacKenzie earned a BA degree from Bennington College, in Vermont in 1975, with a dual major in architecture & photography. He began his photographic career in an old coffee warehouse on the Thames, in Wapping, East London, shooting ads and editorial work in England, and Europe. In 1981 MacKenzie moved his base to Washington, DC and began specializing exclusively in the photography of architecture & interiors. He did post-graduate work at the Corcoran Gallery School of Art, and studied with two of the best practitioners in his field: Peter Aaron of ESTO Photographics at the Maine Photographic Workshop, and Nick Merrick of Hedrich Blessing at the Santa Fe Photo Workshop.
MacKenzie himself has taught week-long master classes at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Montgomery College, Maryland, and recently taught a workshop at the International Center of Photography in NY entitled: “The Poetry of Places, Exploring the Beauty of the Man-Made”. He has received individual artist grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, and the DC Commission on the Arts. MacKenzie is the author of 3 books of panoramic and aerial fine-art photography and has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums nationwide. His photographs can be seen in numerous private, corporate, and institutional collections, including the permanent collections of the American Embassies in Bogota, Columbia; Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire; Conakry, Guinea; Moscow, Russia; Kathmandu, Nepal; Dushanbe, Tajikistan; & Lima, Peru.
MacKenzie’s commercial work is currently featured on over a thousand web-sites, and has been published in brochures, books and magazines worldwide, including over 500 covers, a sampling of which is shown elsewhere on this site. He is highly regarded for his exquisitely orderly, precise, and balanced compositions, and for the artful sensitivity and subtlety of his lighting. Continually in demand, MacKenzie’s work has taken him throughout the United States, and overseas to Austria, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, England, France, the Galapagos, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland & Wales.