The Importance of Self-Assignment to Your Photography
I’d like to introduce you to photographer Stephen Marc.
I first met Stephen many years ago when I looked at his work at an SPE portfolio review. Stephen uses photography to tell powerful stories about the Underground Railroad that existed in the United States during the Civil War, but his photographs tell so much more. When you look deep into the images, you see a history of the African-American journey over 500 years. Stephen’s photographs remind me more of a visual quilt, a wonderful combination of imagery evoking both reality and fantasy.
Stephen has undertaken amazing adventures on his own to make sure that the world knows the stories he has uncovered. At the same time, he holds a full-time teaching position at the University of Arizona, where he also has contact with the Center for Creative Photography.
Stephen researches tirelessly to create his imagery. This example shows the history of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California in the ‘60s; the vacant lot in the image is where Bobby Hutton died in the 1968 outbreak of violence in Oakland. It’s not hard to see that Stephen’s passion goes into every photograph he makes.
Stephen started this work as a self-assigned project because he had to tell this story and it was important for him to tell it. His work should be an inspiration to all of us. With all the new technology that we have within our grasp today, we have new ways to be storytellers and there are so many stories to tell. I encourage you to find your passion and tell your story in your own style. The world is waiting to see it.
To see more of Stephen Marc’s work please click here.
Content Contributed by: Richard Newman