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Mark Powell April 19, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Mexico.
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Mexico City, 2008

Mark Powell (b. 1968, United States) has a B.A. in Latin American Literature from the University of Michigan. His career includes shows at: The New Museum and the Queens Museum in New York, El Museo Archivo de la Fotografia in Mexico City, Ten Haaf Gallery in Amsterdam, Foto España in Madrid among others. Mark is the subject and/or author of books and articles, including Very Important Person, (Diamantina, 2006) and Street Photography Now (Thames and Hudson) to be published in late 2010. He is currently working on his second monograph sponsored by The Televisa Foundation entitled Mexico XXI and also working on his first documentary as a cinematographer in a film (Bellas de Noche) depicting the Mexican Cabaret stars from the 1970’s and 80’s.

About the Photograph:

This was taken in the Iztapalapa barrio of Mexico City. It was a shoot for the album cover of a Tijuana singer known as Faca for the Nuevos Ricos record label. We crossed a part of an Iztapalapa intersection that reminded me of a border  town feeling- it really could have been Tijuana. A kid rode by on his BMX bike and I asked him if I could quickly borrow it. Faca straddled the bike as the sun was going down. It gave it all an illusion of scale and formality of personality that fit well with her music project. She improvises long distance with a DJ in Argentina and the electric wires gave it the extra boost of symbolism of long distance communication.”

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