Mark Hirsch is an editorial and corporate photographer who is located in the unlikely location of Dubuque, Iowa. Hirsch spent twenty years in the newspaper industry as a photojournalist, photo editor and visuals editor until ultimately embarking on a freelance career in 2006. His clients include Getty Images, The New York Times, John Deere Corporation and many regional companies. Mark and his wife, Denee, live one mile from That Tree with their two children, Cassandra and Tristan, and a shaggy but lovable dog, Magnum (see photo August 7 – Day 137). When not lying in a sea of cold trying to capture photographs of That Tree, Mark spends his time mountain biking, hiking, climbing, or trying just about anything that might land him in a body cast. His equally reckless twin brother Jon will likely attest to that.
Mark purchased his first iPhone in 2012. At the time, Mark, like many professional photographers, scoffed at the notion that the camera inside the iPhone would interest him in any way. He was goaded by a friend into trying the camera. The first picture he took with his new iPhone was a photo of That Tree. He was instantly hooked! Mark had driven past and admired That Tree every day for nineteen years without ever taking a picture of it. Since then, there has scarcely been one day where Mark hasn’t taken a picture of that Tree. The year-long project was completed on March 23, 2013. “That Tree”, the fitting title of a full-color hardcover book, is published by Press Syndication Group (PSG). Mark regularly exhibits his photos of That Tree in galleries, and his story has been featured by many worldwide media organizations including NBC News, The Daily Mail (UK), The Des Moines Register, and The Sierra Club.