Originally from England, Mark moved to Australia in 1985 after an apprenticeship in London with some of the leading advertising photographers of the time. Since then his work has taken him all over the world with assignments in places such as India, Kenya, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, Laos, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.
Mark’s current clients include Australia’s leading universities, peak tourism bodies, airlines, banks, corporations, hospitals and charities but despite having a successful career in commercial photography for over 30 years, he has always been aware that the important work is usually unrelated to making a living. As time goes by, the attempt to return to the values of authenticity and truthfulness becomes more important. But it’s not a linear journey. As we progress down this path we find we are really only arriving at the place we set out from many years before. The danger for documentary photographers is that they can become didactic. "This is what I saw, so this is what you should think". In his personal work Mark attempts only to ask the questions, and in finding a response, the viewer is hopefully in some way enriched.
One Point One was exhibited at Blueboat in Melbourne in 2010 following an extensive trip to Southern India. It comprised a series of 12 images created by layering images shot on 35mm black and white film with the square colour negatives of a Holga camera.
Unlucky for Some, a collection of 13 portraits, was first shown at Blueboat in 2012. It captured some famous (Bob Brown, Julian Assange, Cadel Evans) and some not so famous Australian's obliquely asking the viewer to asses the fortunes of the subject
Modi’s Inheritance was exhibited at FortyFiveDownstairs in September 2015. This collection of images was made in and around New Delhi in the month prior to his election victory. The social problems he has inherited such as poverty, over population, lack of health care, the treatment of women, religious intolerance and endemic pollution seem almost insurmountable. However they are addressed each day by a people with boundless optimism, a dogged will to survive, and an ability to create things of beauty out of the most desperate circumstances.
Nili Kotoka was exhibited at FortyFiveDownstairs in September 2017. Over three million people live in the settlements of Mukuru and Kibera on the outskirts of Nairobi. In terms of land area to population, they are perhaps the most crowded places on earth. Extreme poverty, malnutrition, HIV, cholera and sexual abuse are prevalent.But dignity and perseverance abound. “Nilikotoka”, (Swahili meaning “where I come from”) is an attempt to understand how despite the most desperate circumstances, community is fundamental, music permeates all aspects of life and above all, education is cherished.