Mark Alor Powell is an American photographer. He is best known for his photos of street-scenes and unusual people in Detroit and Mexico City.
Workshop with MarkAlorPowell. Merida, Yucatan. Firstweek of December, 2017.
The main plaza in Mérida feelslike an exposed brightplane, brushed with a lightolddust, over a giantpillarfrom an ancientcitybeneath the ground. Onefeels as if city has beenburiedover and over and and the surfacetruly exerts its mysterious impermanence. The sun is strong and the groundhot and dry, it conducts fromwithin and shadowsexistlikecool inky places where people and strangeobjects lurk. Guayaberashirts are sold in small stores scatteredaround the plaza. They are quietplaces that have beenpresent for years. Usually an oldguywaitsbehind a counterovercolorfultiles and he models the sameshirts he sellsundervintageglasscases. There is no othercity in the world where youneed to changeyour wardrobe as urgently as youdo in Merida. Youneedair to touch and flow towards your armpits and stomach, theseshirts are perfectly designed and needed if youwant to explore the city with a camera.
This workshop is designed for exploration, we willbeclose to the ground and willmove and sniffoutphotographslikehungrystraydogs. We willmakestories and transmissions from experiences within Merida motivated byallpossible and unexpectedadventures. We willmeetstrangers, makephotographicnotes, appreciatearchitecture, exploreinteriorgardens, mechanic shops, curbside life on Calle 60, makestreetportraits and accumulate something with the goal of a final declaration through a series of photographsfromeachstudent.
A strong motivation for this workshop is to make a strongbody of work and a tightedit. We willbe presenting a final essay of between 15-25 photographsperstudent. This will involve workshopsession for learninghow to distinguish and choosewhatphotographs are important with efficient and tight sequences. A finalarchivewillbe formally presented at the end of the workshop.
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