Stephen Marc is a storyteller, a contemporary griot who uses photography to construct thematic mélanges of metaphor and memory. A recognized pioneer, Marc is a digital montage artist whose work provides a visual interpretation of U.S. history and the black experience. His images weave more than 500 years of African American life, history and culture into a digital quilt comprised of family snapshots, photographs of historical sites, documents and other remnants alongside modern cultural references.
Woven together, Marc’s images create powerful narratives that obviate the boundaries of time and space, which converge to produce moving and evocative commentaries. The resulting photographs ultimately serve as way stations towards a broader understanding of the South and that region’s impact on the development and character of the United States.
Stephen Marc’s work has been published in numerous books and publications, and in three monographs, including his most recent, Passage on the Underground Railroad. His photographs have been exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions, and are featured in public, private, and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad, including the permanent collections of The Brooklyn Museum and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.