Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles began representing Mark with a show of his fine art prints in September of 2006. The United Postal Service featured Mark's flower images in a series of postage stamps in 2007.
“The angles and the lighting and the backgrounds — to me they’re very similar to my still-life work. I’m taking something that exists, whether it’s a leaf or a fish or a flower or a shell or whatever, but basically they are things that are just sitting there. Or I find an auto mechanic somewhere and I think, ‘Wow, this is an interesting person.’ And I ask if I can take his picture, and perhaps do it in a similar way that I would do a flower or some other still life I’ve done. To me, they’re identical.”
Hutson, Rich. "Mark Laita: Beauty--Plain and Simple." PhotoMedia Magazine Online. 11 Oct. 2010. Web. 18 Oct. 2010.
"There are such endnotes for perhaps a third of the photographs, and they’re fascinating. They indicate that Laita, when he takes the time to listen to his subjects, is able to craft deceptively emotive scenes that gesture at something larger than themselves"
Silverman, Jacob. "Equal Before the Lens." The Second Pass. 14 Sept. 2010. Web. 18 Oct. 2010.
The thing I found interesting about Mark Laita's work, is that in these images the viewer cannot tell that these images are in cages. In contrast to my own work, I am photographing cages. The fact that you cannot tell that these animals are in cages is impressive and elegant. I hope to achieve the same type of effect by photographing the cages themselves.