Mark Neville is a British photographer, born in London in 1966, who works at the intersection of art and documentary, investigating the social function of photography. He makes lens-based works which have been realised and disseminated in a large array of contexts, as both still and moving image pieces, slideshows, films, and giveaway books. His work has consistently looked to subvert the traditional role of social documentary practice, seeking to find new ways to empower the position of its subject over that of the author. Often working with closely knit communities, in a collaborative process intended to be of direct, practical benefit to the subject, his photographic projects to date have frequently made the towns he portrays the primary audience for the work.
“Mark Neville has re-imagined what documentary photography could be, should be. Instead of the bland ‘deconstructions’ that pass so lazily as ‘critical’ in contemporary art, he makes extraordinary pictures and finds extraordinary ways to get them back to those he has photographed” — David Campany
In episode 044, Mark discusses, among other things:
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“If you look around at the world today, it’s pretty horrendous what’s happening, isn’t it? So I think as photographers we’ve got a real responsibility to say something about that and do something about it. And if really believe that just reproducing an image in a newspaper or having a show in a posh gallery is gonna change much then you’re WRONG.”