03 April 2018 // Florine van Rees //Rotterdam
“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
The pictures Mark Neville takes almost seem like they have been staged. Staged in a way that you as the observer feel like you are in the middle of a movie setting. While he investigates the social function of photography captures real life moments and people. 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. The intimacy of the portraits, the use of colours and the emotions coming out of the pictures, make you to keep on staring and let yourself wander away to a different world.