Author: Mark D Phillips

Photoville evolves to its best version yet

Photoville 2024 returned to its true home under the Brooklyn Bridge with its best rendition yet, presenting a showcase of photographers around the world. I had a tingle of anticipation as I spotted one of the greatest photographs of recent memory, Ami Vitale’s heartrending image of the last moments of the last White Rhino, Sudan. Looking at the image, with the incongruity of the roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge above it, was striking.

Mark D Phillips and Chuck Liddy

Remembering Chuck Liddy

Remembering Chuck Liddy, by Mark D Phillips. Chuck Liddy is the reason I am the photographer I grew into. Our competition at the Morganton News Herald shaped my entire photographic career.

Wilmington Where?

Wilmington? Vermont? It was a one stop-light town in the way on my way to Mount Snow. I always drove into town, turned right at that light and never once stopped. That changed this weekend in my efforts to travel on the New England Masters Ski Racing circuit in an old-style way, keeping costs down and when traveling alone, basically looking for those 70s and 80s type cheap motels that a single is willing to stay i

Matt Dodge races to win the 84th Hochgebirge Cup Challenge on January 20, 2024, at Mittersill. ©Mark D Phillips

Ski the East: The Hochgebirge Challenge

The Hochgebirge Challenge began in 1931, running continuously except for a few years because of war and lack of snow, and is recognized as the longest running team event in the US. The race has been an Olympic qualifier event, a National Championship, a National Championship qualifier event, and most recently, the qualifier for the Masters National Championship. The trophy is spectacular and makes you want to kiss it just like the Stanley Cup.

Ruth Peyser's Israeli travel documents from the 1950s.

Survivor’s Guilt

Ruth Peyser was an Israeli, not originally by choice, but for survival. In 1939, she settled alone in Palestine. On her 100th birthday, Jewish hatred abounds.