Mark Laita is a popular photographer, YouTuber, and interviewer from the United States of America.
What is Mark Laita’s net worth?
Mark Laita has a net worth of approximately $1 million. He amassed such a fortune by working for several years for a multimillion-dollar corporation.
Mark Laita was born in 1960 in Detroit and grew up in both Detroit and Chicago. There is not a lot of information available about his parents because he never talked about them. However, according to his Instagram posts, we can assume that he had a close relationship with both his mother and his father.
Mark enrolled at Columbia College in order to develop his photographic abilities. Also, he has a photography bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois/Chicago.
Maika Laita started his photographic career as a teenager at the age of 15 when he worked on a project where he was taking pictures of homeless people in his city, Detroit.
After thirty years, Mark developed the same series with a little more extension and maturity. This resulted in the book “Created Equal”, which he published in 2008. This book was the result of eight years of work and features 10×8 white and black portraits of Americans from a wide array of backgrounds, occupations, and cultures.
The double portrait series focuses on the differences (of color, style, culture, occupation in life) that individualize people, but make them equally beautiful, regardless of whether they are young or old, fat or thin, rich or poor, conformist or nonconformist.
He traveled the lower 48 states of the United States and took photos of people from all areas of life including but not limited to homeless drug addicts, cowboys, nuns, astronauts, Amish people, repo men, ballerinas, etc. In order to accept being photographed, Mark paid all these people.
In that period, he owned a studio in Skid Row in Los Angeles, California, and also did portraits there.
Mark Laita published also other books, “Serpentine” and “Sea”.
Mark Laita’s work was gradually validated in the Europe and USA exhibitions. Year by year, he refined his work and this led to partnerships with famous brands such as IBM, Apple Inc., Visa, Adidas, Budweiser, BMW, Estee Lauder, Van Cleef & Arpels, and others.
Mark also ventured into other media projects such as the release of his YouTube channel titled “Delicate White Underbelly” on 25 April 2016. At this moment, it has more than 4.6 million subscribers.
He was inspired by Winston Churchill to name this channel Sone White Underbelly. During World War II Churchill called Italy the “Soft underbelly” of Europe, which refers to the most vulnerable part.
Because Mark publishes interviews with vulnerable people on his channel, he titled it “Soft White Underbelly”. The aim of these interviews is to teach people not to make the same mistakes as those in interviews. Also, he wants to help parents to raise their children in a better way.
He made interviews with more than five hundred people including but not limited to clowns, homeless people, transgenders, drug addicts, and others. However, Mark didn’t publish all of those interviews on YouTube because he believes that some have a much too strong emotional impact.
Mark Laita was bitten by a venomous black mamba while taking some photos for his “Serpentine” project. And today, Mark Laita might not have known that he was bitten by a black mamba if he hadn’t seen the pictures he took for his “Serpentine” project.
The only reason why the snake’s bite was not fatal to him is that the mamba did not inject him with venom, which is 100% fatal to the human body, and not only that.
The photographer told New Scientist that he didn’t even think he might get bitten by a snake on the photo shoot, even though they were the main subject. It wasn’t until the next day, looking at the pictures, that he noticed how the black mamba had fangs on his leg. A
The black mamba is the most venomous snake in Africa that can reach lengths between 3.5 and 5.5 meters long. The name derives from the color of the roof of the mouth. Extremely aggressive, the black mamba is also the fastest snake capable of moving at 12 mph. Its bite kills even an elephant, given that it can inject a dose of venom between 10 and 15 mg that paralyzes the respiratory muscles.
Mark Laita lives near Skid Row, Los Angeles and he is a fitness freak. He loves the conversation style of Joe Rogan and is a non-religious person.
He is married and has two daughters, Olivia and Alex.