Dateline America was described by Norman Ornstein in the Washington Post: "This is a book of essays with photographs, not a picture book with text, but Mark Chester's photographs deserve a showcase of their own. Beautifully textured in shades of black and white, they remind one of those that Walker Evans did for the Farm Security Administration during the Depression. And they are as varied as Kuralt's essays. They make a good book even better."
Kuralt himself praised the photographer as: “...one of our finest" with "a wonderful eye and consummate skill...”
No in America raised positive response from American Photographer, "...Chester's wacky humor brings a few good chuckles to an entirely negative subject." And the San Francisco Focus, noting the photographer "...has a wry eye for irony, an existential sense like Sartre's, although No Exit was a loose translation. Chester documents the places where the establishment puts its heavy foot down, the "no" place that is his special turf. The proofs are in his collection, No in America...." Don Oldenburg's feature for the Washington Post proclaimed, "While Chester makes no philosophical claims about the book, its timing nonetheless may be profound."
Oscar®-winning cinematographer Gordon Willis called the photographs assembled in the Twosomes touring exhibit and companion book from Un-Gyve Press "a very accomplished collection of visual expertise," photographer Jay Maisel praised the work for its "wit, warmth and perception," and author and photographer Ken Heyman said simply "It makes you feel good when enjoying Mark's photographs."
Jan Gardner's review in the Boston Globe began: "Photographer Mark Chester’s sharp eye and mischievous sense of humor are the inspired pairing behind his new book, Twosomes (Un-Gyve)."
Twosomes was featured in a multi-page profile by Jeff Harder, managing editor of Cape Cod Life Publications, Take Two.