Mark Hirsch is an editorial and corporate photographer, artist, and an inspiring public speaker who is located in the unlikely place 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, and John Deere Corporation. Mark lives one mile from That Tree with 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.
In January of 2012 while recovering from a near fatal car accident, Mark purchased his first iPhone. He was encouraged by a friend to treat his new iPhone like his professional cameras. 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. This experience inspired Mark to embark on a unique adventure of making a photo-a-day of this lone bur oak tree in a Wisconsin cornfield. 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 CBS Sunday Morning, National Public Radio, The Huffington Post, NBC News, The Daily Mail (UK), The Guardian, and The Sierra Club.