Marcus is a Los Angeles Times staff photographer. Born and raised in tropical heat of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, he is culturally and socially uninhibited, guided and inspired by Robert Frost's poem, "The Road Not Taken." At a turning point, he left a career in Aerospace Engineering to pursue a photographic life.
He is interested in the social issues and dichotomies that shape the American experience: inequality, racism, marginalization, capitalism, immigration and policing. Currently, he's obsessed with covering wildfires across the Golden State as it enters the fifth year of drought.
In 2015, Marcus was part of the breaking news team that covered tragic San Bernardino, Calif. terrorist attacks in 2015, that earned a Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Reporting. In 2014, he was also part of The Seattle Times team that covered the deadly landslide in Oso, Washington that also earned a Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Reporting. From 2010 to 2013, Marcus was based in New York and worked as a regular contributor to The New York Times. His most notable work includes his contributions to The Times's three-part multimedia series, "Punched Out: The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer," and "A Year At War," a Times series that included his feature short film, "The Home Front," which have earned him numerous accolades, including an Emmy Award, a World Press Photo multimedia grand prize, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, a Pictures of the Year International Multimedia Award and a DART Award for Trauma Coverage.
His approach to photography is deeply rooted in curiosity and persistence. When not taking pictures, he enjoys watching movies, daydreaming, taking long walks and living a monkish life.