Mark Hewko is a freelance photographer raised by Ukrainian-American immigrants in New York City during one of the most exciting periods for art, music and culture. Focused at a young age on creative expression in the arts, he eventually enrolled at Queens College studying under influential American civil rights painter Benny Andrews where he learned the fundamentals of composing a compelling picture. While later studying graphic design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and then moving on to the publishing industry for 10+ years as a Designer/Art Director for popular magazines such as Men's Health and Esquire, he discovered his greatest interest laid in capturing the mood of an existing moment and left to pursue photography. Today, he specializes in documentary photography and freelances for the Village Voice newspaper. He's traveled extensively throughout the world and has covered stories from Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to independent motels owned by Indian-Americans in the United States. His work has appeared in numerous publications and has been exhibited throughout New York City. In 2009 he was a 'People Portrait' finalist for the Masters Cup, and in 2013 a 'Travel Portrait' winner in PDN magazine. Beginning in 2014, a portion of the Indian-American motel project will be included in the 'Beyond Bollywood' exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and will travel throughout the United States for the next 5 years.