Carolyn Marks Blackwood

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Carolyn Marks Blackwood
Carolyn Gail Marks

(1951-08-21) August 21, 1951 (age 67)
Anchorage, Alaska, United States
EducationJohn L. Miller Great Neck North High School
Alma materLivingston College at Rutgers University
OccupationPhotographer, producer, singer-songwriter, composer, writer
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Greg Quinn
(married since 2017)

Christian Blackwood
(married 1992–1992)

Anthony Mulcahy
(married 1983)

ChildrenGabriel Marks-Mulcahy[1]
Parent(s)Edwin Marks
Nancy Marks

Carolyn Marks Blackwood (born August 21, 1951) is an American fine art photographer, film producer, writer, screenwriter, and singer-songwriter.[2] She was born in Anchorage, Alaska, moved to New York State as a child, and finally to the Hudson Valley region in 1999.

Blackwood co-owns Magnolia Mae Films with her business partner Gabrielle Tana,[3][4] and is best known for her work on the Academy Award winning film The Duchess and on the Oscar-nominated film Philomena. In addition to her work on Coriolanus, The Invisible Woman, and the 2016 Sergei Polunin documentary Dancer, she is currently active with the upcoming film The White Crow and in pre-production for My Zoe: the story of "a geneticist recovering from a toxic marriage [who] is raising her only daughter Zoe in conjunction with her ex-husband," due to be released in 2018.[5]

Blackwood's photography has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Brussels, Los Angeles, New York City, and across the Northeastern United States, in addition to several book covers.[2]

Film and television[edit]


Blackwood's photographic work is presently represented by Von Lintel Gallery (Los Angeles)[13] and the Roberto Polo Gallery (Brussels).[14]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • The Story Series, Roberto Polo Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (2017); Von Lintel Gallery (2018)
  • Adrift, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (2015)
  • On the Edge, Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2015)
  • The Elements of Place, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY (2014)[7]
  • Solid, Liquid, Gas, Alan Klotz Gallery, New York, NY (2013)
  • Strange Beauty, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT (2013)
  • The Wind Blows Through the Doors of My Heart, Alan Klotz Gallery, New York, NY (2011)
  • Let it Be in Sight of Thee, Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY (2009)
  • On the River, Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington, MA (2007)

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

  • Non-Objectif Sud, Inc., Tulette, France (curated by Julie Ryan) (2017)
  • Water, Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, NY (2017)
  • Here and Now: 80 Years of Photography at the Mint, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC (2016)
  • Elemental Perspectives: Land, Sea and Sky, Adamson Gallery, Washington D.C. (2016)
  • Primary Forces, Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, NY (2016)
  • That Old School Dystopia, Theodore Art, Brooklyn, NY (2016)
  • On Time and Place: Celebrating Scenic Hudson’s 50 Years (2013)
  • Urbanism, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY (2013)
  • Hudson River Contemporary, Boscobel House and Gardens, Garrison, NY (2011)
  • Seeing the Hudson, Alan Klotz Gallery, New York, NY Costa Nostra, Alan Klotz Gallery, New York, NY (2011)
  • A Winter’s Bounty, Alan Klotz Gallery, New York, NY (2008)
  • The Magic Hour, Paul Rodgers/9W Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Barbara Rose) (2007)
  • The Art Show, Morton Memorial Library, Rhinecliff, NY (2007)

Book covers[edit]


Blackwood was an executive producer on 2008's The Duchess, which won three Academy Awards. She was also an executive producer on the film Philomena, which was nominated for four Oscars in 2013.

Since 2009, her work as a photographer has been favorably recognized by various critics,[7][17][18][19][20] including noted contemporary art critic, historian and curator Barbara Rose.[4][21][22]

Personal life[edit]

Carolyn Marks was born in Anchorage, Alaska in 1951 to Edwin and Nancy Marks.

She has one child with former spouse Anthony Mulcahy, and was married to the late documentary film director, Christian Blackwood until his death in July 1992.[1]

She has been in a relationship with Greg Quinn since 1997[23] whom she married in April 2017. Blackwood and Quinn live in the Hudson Valley,[24] where they co-own and jointly operate a blackcurrant farm.[25]


  1. ^ a b "Christian Blackwood, Film Maker, Dies at 50". The New York Times Company. July 25, 1992.
  2. ^ a b c d "Carolyn Marks Blackwood". Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Carolyn Marks Blackwood helped bring Philomena & The Invisible Woman to screen". Ulster Publishing. January 9, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "On the Cover: Ice #20". Luminary Publishing. February 25, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "British Films Directory: My Zoe". British Council. March 22, 2017.
  6. ^ Catherine Burns (September 3, 2013). The Moth. Hachette Books. ISBN 9781401305963.
  7. ^ a b c "To Feel Less Alone: Interview with New York Filmmaker, Fine Art Photographer, Carolyn Marks Blackwood". Deanna Elaine Piowaty and Combustus. July 29, 2014.
  8. ^ "The Duchess (2008)". British Film Institute. 2008.
  9. ^ "Coriolanus: Ralph Fiennes reprises a juicy Shakespearean role in his bloody, bellicose directorial debut". Variety Media, LLC. February 14, 2011.
  10. ^ "Philomena Movie Site, Cast & Crew". The Weinstein Company. 2013.
  11. ^ "WestEnd Closes Raft of Deals on Ballet Documentary 'Dancer' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety Media, LLC. April 1, 2016.
  12. ^ "Shooting Wraps on Ralph Fiennes' The White Crow – Filmoria". Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  13. ^ "Carolyn Marks Blackwood". Von Lintel Gallery. December 17, 2017.
  14. ^ "Carolyn Marks Blackwood: "The Story Series" at Roberto Polo Gallery, Brussels". BlouinArtinfo Corp. November 22, 2017.
  15. ^ Deborah Digges (2012). "The Wind Blows Through the Doors of My Heart: Poems". Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.
  16. ^ Vanhoenacker, Mark (June 2015). Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot. Alfred A. Knopf – US; Penguin UK – UK. p. iv. ISBN 9780385351812. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  17. ^ "5 Artists to Watch: The Photography Edition". artnet. April 1, 2015.
  18. ^ "The Bard of the Upper Reaches". HuffPost News. July 17, 2014.
  19. ^ "Interview with Carolyn Marks Blackwood: Elements of Place". Musée Magazine. July 22, 2014.
  21. ^ "The Uncanny: Barbara Rose on Carolyn Marks Blackwood's Story Series". Whitehot Magazine. March 2017.
  22. ^ "A Conversation Between Carolyn Marks Blackwood and Barbara Rose". Musée Magazine. November 29, 2017.
  23. ^ "Carolyn Marks Blackwood: THE EPHEMERAL BEAUTY OF ICE AND TIME". MUSÉE Magazine. November 30, 2015.
  24. ^ "The High Life in New York's Hudson River Valley". Dow Jones & Company. May 14, 2015.
  25. ^ "There's Been A Black Currant Resurgence, And Here's Why". Rural Intelligence. August 15, 2016.

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