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Born in London, 1968. Now living in Bath, England.
Marc Wilson’s photography documents the memories and histories that are set in the landscapes that surround us. His most recent work, ‘The Last Stand’, was researched and photographed over a four year period. It looks at some of the remaining Second World War military coastal defences around the coastlines of Northern Europe, from Norway to the Franco Spanish border and The Northern Isles of the UK.
The work was one of the award winners at The Terry O’Neill award in 2013 and was published as a book in late 2014. It has sold out of its 1st edition by early 2015 and a 2nd edition has now been published.
His current work in progress, 'A wounded landscape', being made over the next 3 years, is based around the Holocaust, with locations in over 20 different countries throughout Europe.
Solo exhibitions include those at The Royal Armouries Museum, Focalpoint Gallery and The Anise Gallery, London.Group shows include those at The Photographers Gallery and the Association of Photographers gallery, London and the Athens PhotoFestival, 2015.
His work has been published in journals and magazines ranging fromThe British Journal of Photography and Raw Magazine to Wired and Dezeen.
“It's large format work and it's quite beautiful (Paul Virilio's BunkerArchaeology may be the most recognised photography of sea defences but that's a different kind of book) . Everything is shot in subdued diffused light, the pre-dawn it looks like much of the time, and the way in which the different defences merge and crumble into the landscape of which they are now part…. The Last Stand is as multi layeredas the landscapes which it features; there's historical detail wrapped folded over into a chronotopia of functional brutalism, mixed with local touches that feeds into the geological, panoramic and tactical. All the boxes are ticked in Robert Adams traditional landscape list: there's geography, autobiography, and metaphor. But on top of that, Wilson gives us a politicised view of landscape and power that ties back to survey photography of Timothy O'Sullivan and the work of Mitch Epstein. Layered into that is an Arcadian vision. With its focus on Northern Europe it's a dystopian Arcadia; there is a pagan feel to Wilson's pictures, a syncretic vision where geology, flora, climate and war find a single expression. And it's beautiful.” - Colin Pantell
Selected Awards / Publications / Reviews:
2016 Radio Resonance conversation
2016 Digital camera Magazine
2016 Professional Photography Magazine
2015 The Telegraph
2015 The Times
2015 The Daily Mail
2015 Colin Pantall book review
2014 The Daily Mail
2014 Architects Journal
2014 Raw View Magazine
2014 Design Observer / Places Journal
2014 The Guardian Online
2014 BBC In Pictures
2014 Culture 24
2012 Wayne Ford The Last Stand
2013 Terry O'Neil Award
2013 Photomonitor The Last Stand
2012 aCurator magazine
2006 PDN Photo Annual
2000 Published in British Journal of Photography
1995 Published in British Journal of Photography
2016 Oriel Colwyn gallery, Wales
2016 Society Cafe, Bath
2016 Bonhoga gallery, Shetland
2015 Romania photo festival
2015 Athens Photo Festival - Benaki Museum - Main exhibition
2014 Peacock Visual Arts Aberdeen
2013-2014 The Royal Armouries Museum Leeds
2013 Anise Gallery - London
2013 The Royal Armouries Museum Fort Nelson, Portsmouth
2013 The Affordable Art Fair Eyestorm New York & London
2013 Terry O'Neill Award Lucy Bell gallery, St Leonards
2013 Terry O'Neill Award The Strand gallery, London
2010 Landscape One, The Lucy Bell Gallery, Group show
2006 Association of Photographers, London. Group show.
2006 Association of Photographers, London, Sublime. Group show.
2005 New York contemporary art fair. Group show.
2005 Photo2005, Affordable art fair. Group show.
2004 Fluid gallery, Grenoble, France, Solo show.
2003 Greenpeace Save or delete exhibition, London. Group show
2002 Victoria and Albert Museum, Dislocation
2001 Art 2001, London, Group show.
2000 Focal Point gallery, Southend, Solo show
1999 Now Showing Gallery, London. Solo show
1996 The Photographers Gallery, London. Group show
1996 Instituto Europeo del Design, Milan. Group show
1996 The Back Hill Gallery, Clerkenwell. London. Solo show.
Ma Photography LCP (1999)
Ba Photography LCP (1996)
BSc Sociology Edinburgh University (1992)