Mark Tade's photography featured in Boundary Waters

A background in fine art and over 30 years in commercial and editorial photography have resulted in an extensive client and publication list. After years of large-format camera and darkroom work I have found the transition to digital cameras and printing invigorating and exciting. My partner, the artist and teacher Nancy Purington ( and I have inhabited a rambling, 150 year-old farm house surrounded by gardens, meadows and woods on the outskirts of Iowa City for over 40 years. Trips to canoe country on the border of Minnesota and Ontario provide a busman’s holiday each year.

Archival inkjet (giclee) prints are available of many of the images on this website. Contact me for sizes and prices.

Member ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers)

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  • Aerials
  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Automotive
  • Business portraits and headshots
  • Construction
  • Copy work
  • Corporate reports
  • Editorial (magazines, newspapers, websites)
  • Fine Art and ethnographic objects
  • Food
  • Illustration
  • Industrial
  • Interiors
  • Jewelry
  • Manufacturing
  • Model portfolios
  • Outdoor sports and activities
  • Products
  • Studio and location portraiture
  • Stock (Midwest, outdoors, editorial, nature, scenic, pictorial)


Partial List of Clients

  • ABC/Disney Cable Network
  • American Craft magazine (cover-June/July ‘98)
  • American Cyanamid Atlanta
  • The Boundary Waters Journal (cover, Summer 2009/Quetico-Superior Centennial)
  • Cargill Minneapolis
  • Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
  • Cooking Light magazine
  • Corridor Business Journal
  • Davenport Museum of Art (Figge Art Museum)
  • Des Moines Art Center
  • Field&Stream magazine
  • Focus magazine, Munich, Germany
  • Fortune magazine NYC
  • General Mills Chicago
  • Getty/Liaison Photo Agency NYC
  • Grinnell College Faulconer Art Gallery
  • Intermec (formerly Norand)
  • Iowan magazine
  • Iowa Gardening magazine
  • JC Pennys corporate publication
  • Lawyers’ Weekly USA Boston
  • MCI Atlanta
  • Millenium Photo Agency NYC
  • Miller Brewing Co. Milwaukee
  • Nash-Finch Minneapolis
  • National Education Assoc. Washington, DC
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. Washington, DC
  • Newsweek magazine NYC
  • New York Times NYC
  • Nordstrom Direct
  • Old House Interiors magazine
  • People magazine NYC
  • Parade magazine NYC
  • PhotoAssist Washington, DC
  • Physicians’ Weekly NYC
  • Progressive Farmer (AOLTime-Warner)
  • Quaker Oats Chicago
  • Rockwell International
  • Shrapnel Records Novato, CA
  • Stamats Communications (college guides) Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Star magazine/Globe
  • TV Guide NYC (Gore campaign in Iowa)
  • University of Iowa Museum of Art
  • USDA Washington, DC (journal cover 11/00)
  • US Postal Service 8/04 American Indian parfleche stamp
  • Vigier Guitars Paris
  • Wall Street Journal (1/2 page:10 photos—Iowa City feature 3/01)
  • WNET NYC (still promos—‘Secret Life of the Brain’, 2001)