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Oliver Mark

German photographer well-known for his portraits

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At the age of nine, Oliver discovered his enthusiasm for photography after winning the first prize in a drawing contest: a trip to the Olympic Games in Munich. To mark this occasion, his father gave him a camera as present. Oliver was very fascinated by his own photographs, which looked so different from those published in magazines. Following his study of Photography, he started his career in the fashion industry, amongst others in the Burda Studios in Offenburg. Since 1991, he has been working as self-employed photographer, initially in Offenburg. In 2001, he moved to Berlin, where he, as visiting student at the Berlin University of the Arts, also attended the seminars of Katharina Sieverdings (Visual Culture), who is known for her large-format photographs. From the 1990s onwards, he more and more often portrayed celebrities, making a name for himself with photographs of Anthony Hopkins and Jerry Lewis. The group of people he portrayed also includes other public figures, such as Angela Merkel, Pope Benedict XVI and Joachim Gauck, as well as film stars, such as Ben Kingsley, Cate Blanchett and Tom Hanks. In his work, Oliver focuses on being well prepared for meeting his counterparts and transporting an authentic picture of their personalities.[1] His personal focus is on contemporary artists and their work. He maintains close contacts to both well-established and young artists, who he portrays in their work environment.[2] In addition to the single-lens reflex camera, he also often uses his old 680 Polaroid camera. These instant pictures manage to display the intimacy and closeness to those portrayed.[3] Amongst other, Oliver worked for Architectural Digest, Rolling Stone, Der Spiegel, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Stern, Time, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Die Zeit. In 2013, one of his photographs was awarded by the National Portrait Gallery in London. In 2014, he published his own magazine entitled „Oliver – Nutte Künstler Fotograf heraus – die ganze Wahrheit über Oliver Mark” (Whore Artist Photographer – the whole truth about Oliver Mark).

Adrien Ghenie, 1/3

Silvergelantine print

Dimensions: 80 x 110 cm