Mark Hirsch

Mark Hirsch

Author and Photojournalist

While recovering from a serious car accident in 2012, Mark Hirsch was inspired by a friend to use his iPhone to document a year-long photo-a-day project focusing on an old bur oak tree.

Hirsch, a career photojournalist as well as an artist and naturalist, embraced the challenge, resulting in a transformative experience of healing and self-discovery.

The project ultimately went viral, garnering international attention from broadcasters, magazines, newspapers, and online outlets around the world including CBS (“Sunday Morning”), NBC, NPR, PBS, the Sierra Club, Chicago Tribune, the Daily Mail (UK), the Guardian (UK), LeMonde, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Huffington Post. The photos are the subject of the current exhibit and his coffee table book, “That Tree”.

Hirsch spent 20 years in the newspaper industry as a photojournalist, photo editor, and visuals editor before embarking on a freelance career in 2006 as an editorial, corporate, and landscape photographer. His clients include Getty Images, the New York Times, and the John Deere Corporation. He lives in Platteville, Wisconsin and works out of Dubuque, Iowa.


April 5, 2018
Shades of Wisdom: Lessons Learned from an Old Oak Tree
Reed Arena - Main Seating Bowl
10:45am  -  12:00pm
April 5, 2018
The Best Camera is the One You Have With You
Reed Arena
1:30pm FULL  -  2:30pm
April 6, 2018
The Best Camera is the One You Have with You – WORKSHOP
Reed Arena
1:30pm  -  2:30pm