The Gallery at Leica Store San Francisco is excited to present its upcoming exhibit, Recent Work, featuring photographs by Mark de Paola.
Created over several years, the series includes portrait, nude, landscape, and inanimate object, and narrates de Paola’s memories, feelings and impressions of people, places and objects he has known. The series invites viewers to leave behind the everyday and journey with him, provoking us to project meanings into its viscerally striking, blurred and saturated forms. De Paola’s desire to wield the lens as an extension of his own body is clear in the subtle way he escorts us through his cinematic world. Recent Work is endlessly fascinating and promises to reward those who visit and revisit it again and again.
Mark de Paola’s photography is best described as a combination of reportage, fashion, and beauty. It has always been Mark's objective to capture natural beauty in a setting where a subject’s personality is allowed to flourish while a story is being told. Intimacy, form, mystery, drama, movement and focus come to mind when viewing his latest work, a departure from the stylized photography that saturates the fashion world today. His command of cameras and fascination with optics allows him to render a fuller, more human vision.
Artist Reception and Book Signing: Thursday, May 16, 6pm-8pm
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Interview: A recent and insightful interview between Mark de Paola and Ibaroinex Perello of The Candid Frame Photography Podcast.
Recent Work Book:
The Recent Work book, published by Alex Ramos Press was recently added to the permanent collection libraries at MoMA NY and The Getty, Los Angeles.
About the Artist:
Mark de Paola’s earliest memory is sitting on the floor of his father’s photographic studios in Los Angeles and New York, watching photoshoots and immersing himself in the fashion books and periodicals of the time. Mark’s visual foundation is anchored in the works of his father Alessio de Paola, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Bert Stern and Art Kane.
Alessio de Paola did not hesitate to put his son Mark behind a camera, teaching him the basics with an 8x10 view camera. Eventually, Mark had earned his way toward the more portable and streamlined Leica M3 with which he photographed young hippies at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park during weekends.
Mark received his first assignment in his twenties: a magazine cover shoot of actor Henry Fonda. His career then took off with countless campaign shoots, editorials and covers for various publications, including Vogue Mexico and Vogue Spain. Eventually his storytelling translated to motion and television work and he went on to direct and shoot several hundred spots for Anheuser-Busch, Ducati, Donna Karan, Giorgio Perfume (exhibited in MoMA New York), Gucci, Ford, and Sony among many others.
Exhibitions include 60 Seconds, a series of nudes shot with handheld 60 second exposures, exhibited at Leica Gallery Los Angeles, Boston, Tokyo, and San Francisco, as well as Art of Backstage exhibited in China, Leica Gallery Ginza Six in Tokyo, and New York City.
Mark is a frequent lecturer at many educational institutions and venues including a recent talk with Alessia Glaviano, Senior Photo Editor at Vogue Italia, and masterclasses with the New York Film Academy and the Leica Akademie worldwide.