Best Twin Cities music photographers 2014 finalist: Mark Kartarik

Gimme Noise has selected 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Read all of the profiles here.

Recently, Mark Kartarik has evolved from being a musician in several groups and a regular show-goer to a music photographer as well. His work is regularly in City Pages, and his cat appears on the cover of the Koo Koo Kanga Roo EP, Viral: Songs About Cats And Stuff

See Also: The best music photographers in the Twin Cities: 2014 finalists

Name: Mark N. Kartarik
City: St. Paul

How and when did you get involved with taking music photography?
At the beginning of last year I decided I wanted to attend more shows and I ended up bringing my camera along to some of them. I didn't start out thinking I was going to be a music photographer but now I guess I am and I think it's just great.

What are some highlight moments of your professional photography experience?
A picture my cat is on the cover of the Koo Koo Kanga Roo EP, Viral: Songs About Cats And Stuff. Being included in this list full of remarkable photographers I admire greatly.

Where can people find your work (exhibits, album covers, publications, etc.)?
My website, City Pages.

What is your favorite part of music photography?
Seeing shows I necessarily wouldn't have been able to attend and meeting weird people.

What dos/don'ts do you have for young photographers who would like to pursue this type of work?
I'm still a pup myself, but I suppose I'd say be positive and just keep shooting if it's what you love to do. Good things will follow.

Anything else?
I hope to see you out at a show!

Finalist Profiles:
Adam DeGross
Anna Gulbrandsen
Cameron Wittig
Chad Rieder
Dan Corrigan
David McCrindle
Emily Utne
Erik Hess
Kasey Jean Noll
Leslie Plesser
Mark Kartarik
Meredith Westin
Nate Ryan
Rebecca McDonald
Ryan Siverson
Sara Montour
Stacy Schwartz
Steven Cohen
Tony Nelson
Zoe Prinds-Flash

See Also: The 104 Twin Cities music photographers you nominated

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