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Mark Holtzman


Posted on December 1, 2019
"The airplane is my tripod"

Mark Holtzman - President, West Coast Aerial Photography, Inc.

Photographer and commercial pilot, Mark enjoys the challenge of capturing photos from a moving platform, up above. Having discovered his love of aviation at a young age, Mark became a pilot at age 17 and has since flown much of the Western United States. His passion for photography, instilled at a young age by his father, has been with Mark throughout his journey in life: as a Los Angeles County Lifeguard, a paramedic for the movie studios, and later, in sales. Mark founded West Coast Aerial Photography in 2000, allowing him to further focus-on and refine his photography skills. Despite having to change his photographic process as the industry transitioned from film to digital, Mark has consistently set a high person standard for his aerial photography and has been recognized globally with many distinctions and awards.

Mark Holtzman and his award-winning photo at the 2010 World Press Photo Competition in Amsterdam


California State University, Northridge - BA, Music, 1976

Daniel Freeman Hospital - Los Angeles County Paramedic, 1979


World Press Photo - 2nd Place, Sports Features Singles

Pictures of the Year International - Award of Excellence, Sports Feature

Publications & Videos (partial list)

ESPN, Business Insider, The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Sports Illustrated, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, The Soraya Art Gallery, CBS News with Katie Couric, KEYT Channel 3 News, Annenberg Space for Photography Iris Nights

Mark Holtzman at his solo exhibition at the Soraya Art Gallery at CSUN in Northridge, California