Mahlon F. Craft (American, b. 1941) Mahlon F. Craft was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he grew up in an artistic milieu. His father was a watercolorist and poet and another family member played in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Mahlon majored in Graphic Design at The Art Academy of Cincinnati where he was the recipient of the Laura Ingalls Scholarship for three consecutive years. From 1963 to 1965 he did post-graduate studies in Design and Painting at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. It was at the Art Institute of Chicago that he met his wife, Kinuko. After completing his studies, Craft worked as an Art Director at a number of Chicago Advertising Agencies including N.W. Ayer, working on major accounts such as Proctor & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and FTD. In 1983 Craft and his illustrator wife, Kinuko, relocated to Norfolk, Connecticut. Mahlon and Kinuko are collaborators in their family business, Craft Partners. He writes children's stories and Kinuko illustrates them. These include Sleeping Beauty for SeaStar Books, 2002, and a retelling of Beauty and the Beast for Harper Collins, to be published summer 2016, both books were also designed by Mahlon. To create his extraordinary photographs Craft uses a Nikon 35 mm body and a manual Nikkor 35 mm Perspective Control Lens. There can be no wind when shooting these flat, undistorted, high resolution images. Typically these would only be possible using an extreme wide angle lens. Each photograph is a compilation of 13 separate, slightly overlapping exposures. Additionally Craft uses Photoshop to image-edit and enhance color and depth. His photographs are individually printed by him on a large format Epson Stylus Photo printer using Archival Pigment Ink on Hahnemuhle 285 gsm Fine Art Pearl Archival Paper. All the photographs are sold framed.