Saturday, 16 June 2012

Marcus Lyon studio visit

This week, I was fortunate to be part of a studio visit to meet photographer Marcus Lyon.

Aside from showing us around his stunning premises at 'The Glassworks', Marcus talked us through his new work.

These astonishing images are in fact digital composites, enhancing and emphasising the vast human migration taking place across the world right now, as the human population moves toward urban dwellings.  They're taken from two series, 'BRIC' and 'EXODUS'.  Predictions suggest that world's urban population will double in the next 40 years, with cities in the developing world accounting for 95% of that population - the cities of the BRIC economies.

Marcus was generous with his time, explaining both the socio-economic contexts involved, and the laborious process of producing the images themselves. He also offered considerable insight into the commercial side of his business, and the practicalities of placing his carefully editioned photographs with major clients. Not only that, but he very kindly offered those of us there a special free print from a one-off edition of his 'Trabants' series - what a guy!

Lyon is currently chairman of the global think tank and advocacy network 'The Consortium for Street Children', which you should also check out.


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