Mark B. Sluder (12/29/1954- ) graduated from Myers Park High School, in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1973. He enrolled in Central Piedmont Community College in 1976 where he studied commercial art, photography, and design. Since 1978, Sluder has been a staff photographer for "The Charlotte Observer." In 1988 he became a contract photographer for the Picture Group Photo Agency. His photographs have appeared in several magazines, including "People," "T.V. Guide," "Sports Illustrated," and "Newsweek." His photographs were frequently exhibited at The Light Factory in Charlotte.