The Mobile and Traditional Photography of Dan Marcolina

While most people have know me for print, web and video design, my original visual obsession is photography. Shooting for more then 25 years, my photos have appeared in many juried photography shows across the country and my digital imagery in many books and magazines. With the advent of mobile photography my work has taken two distinct looks. This site shows my mobile and traditional dichotomy

While I think there are some similarities in my mobile and traditional images there are many situations that the higher detail and tonal range of a DSLR or film camera really make the picture work. The images in the traditional section of this site are unmanipulated and taken in many formats.

I discovered iPhoneography several years ago and have become a victim of the "Mobile Movement". This resulted in the writing the first book on the "App Stacking" process and 5 subsequent eBooks you can see by tapping HERE. This series has become know as the best on the subject.

Shooting mobile forces me to think more graphically. It is like shooting with a Polaroid or toy film camera. But the simplicity of shooting and spontaneity of processing allow the work to become more interpretive. My iPhoneography work is a blend of my traditional photos and design work.

Please enjoy and let me know what side you like more!  Dan Marcolina


Dan and his wife Denise are co-owners of Philadelphia-based Marcolina Design Inc. Over the last 20 years their passion for design and digital tools has spurred the company to keep reinventing itself. In the process it has become a nationally recognized design leader in print, web, video, and now digital publishing. Having always used digital/photographic imagery as a cornerstone of his design process along with his shooting personal work in many traditional formats, Dan’s images have appeared in venues and publications worldwide.

Dan has always experimented with equipment and processing and has shot in many film formats from 5x7 to toy plastic cameras. His traditional fine art images have been shown in many juried shows. But his very favorite moment came unexpectedly at a juried opening in NY from well-known art and fashion photographer Richard Avedon who said, “I admire Dan Marcolina's work because he makes photos that don’t try to be beautiful.”

Dan is the organizer of the landmark iPhoneography event, Mobile Masters Sessions, held January, 2013,2014, in San Francisco. He has given lectures on iPhoneography at the first 1197 in San Francisco, The LA Mobile Arts Festival, Olympus InVision Photo Festival, PDN Photo Plus NY, The University of the Arts (Philadelphia, lecture and gallery show), Apple stores in New York and San Francisco, Adobe Max in LA, Adobe Corporate and Photoshop World in Las Vegas. His interviews can be found inGraphis, Zoom Magazine, Cult of Mac, The App Whisperer, We Are Juxt, Pixels, and AMPt. He is also a contributing author to the #1 iPhoneography website, The App Whisperer. With all his pioneering efforts in this Mobile Movement Dan has become widely know as one of the key Mobile Movers.