Mark Neville – The Art of Storytelling

 

Mark Neville is a photographer we’ve begun to follow recently, post his August 2013 exhibition Deeds Not Words at The Photographers Gallery. This was a series of photographs chronicling the families of Corby, Northamptonshire as they fought the Council for negligent management of the waste produced by local steelworks plants. This mismanagement caused limb defects in sixteen children within the community, and Neville’s work focused on everyday activities of the locals within the context of this environmental disaster and the eleven year legal battle they undertook and won.

An artist who immerses himself in communities that have a story to tell or one that shouldn’t be forgotten, here are some of our favorite Neville images.

Selected works from the series <br><br> <em>Betty ( Port Glasgow Town Hall Xmas Party), Mark Neville, 2005
Betty at Port Glasgow Town Hall Xmas Party, 2005 (Port Glasgow Book Project)

 

Selected works from the series <br><br> <em>Mark’s New Flat, Mark Neville, 2005</em>
Mark’s New Flat, 2005 (The Port Glasgow Book Project)

Selected works from the series <br><br> <em>‘Newborn Lamb’ from the Audio slide installation ‘Tula Fancies’, Mark Neville, 2008</em>
‘Newborn Lamb’ from the Audio slide installation ‘Tula Fancies’, 2008 (Fancy Pictures series)

 

Selected works from the series <br><br> <em>‘Annie and Snowy’, from the Audio slide installation ‘Tula Fancies’ , Mark Neville, 2008</em>
‘Annie and Snowy’, from the Audio slide installation ‘Tula Fancies’, 2008 (Fancy Pictures series)

 

Selected works from the series <br><br> <em>‘Supper’, from the Audio slide installation ‘Tula Fancies’, Mark Neville, 2008</em>
Supper’, from the Audio slide installation ‘Tula Fancies’, 2008 (Fancy Pictures series)

Selected works from the series <br><br> <em>Corby Carnival Queens Go Bowling, Mark Neville, 2011<em>
Corby Carnival Queens Go Bowling, 2011 (Deeds Not Words series)

 

Selected works from the series <br><br> <em>The Grampian, Mark Neville, 2011<em>
The Grampian, 2011 (Deeds Not Words series)

Selected works from the series <br><br> <em>Somerford Grove Adventure Playground in Tottenham, Mark Neville, 2012<em>
Somerford Grove Adventure Playground in Tottenham, 2012 (Here is London series)

 

Selected works from the series <br><br> <em>Bank of Ideas, Mark Neville 2012<em>
Bank of Ideas, 2012 (Here is London series)

 

Selected works from the series <br><br> <em>Braddock # 1<em>, Mark Neville, 2012
Braddock # 1, 2012 (Braddock/Sewickley series)

 

Selected works from the series <br><br> <em>Sewickley # 2<em>, Mark Neville, 2012
Sewickley # 2, 2012 (Braddock/Sewickley series)

Selected works from the series <br><br> <em>Braddock # 15<em>, Mark Neville, 2012
Braddock # 15, 2012 (Braddock/Sewickley series)

 

We like how Neville makes his point in an unobtrusive but effective way, one that leaves his audience wanting to know more about the characters and the towns his images hold. And his use of different mediums including video, photography, slides, and publications to disseminate his work, highlights his versatility both as an artist and a storyteller.

All images borrowed with thanks (c) Mark Neville

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