Dragan Marković

Urban and industrial landscapes

by Dragan Marković (Belgium)

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I’m 30 years old and I’ve been a photographer for almost 10 years now. I studied at Ecole de Recherche Graphique, Brussels, a school which gave me a large spector of knowledge in the field of contemporay photography, and art in general.My ongoing project is based on the idea of the city as a stage.

Portfolio from the Paysages industriels workshop with Mark Power, April 2012.

Written review by MARTA DAHÓ,
Independent curator and teacher of History of photography, Spain

I think the portfolio that you presented is very interesting. Also taking into account that it was carried out in very few days, you must be congratulated. It is clear that you have had excellent training and that you have managed to cultivate your skills over the years.

The selected photographs show an undeniable ability for framing. This is a skill which creates different levels of meaning within the image and a meticulousness which is particularly necessary when viewing an architectural space such as the one you have chosen.

The difficulty looming at this stage, is perhaps the similarity with other projects of the same style by authors from your own generation, or even slightly older, that could render your voice invisible or put it on mute. In other words, the images could be interpreted too formally or literally because currently there are many photographers working in this same field. This inevitably generates a lot of interference. On the other hand, this problem could also be a challenge which forces you to work on it even more intensely and with even more dedication to organize these discursive lines which make the project flow, without allowing this to cause you to forget your favourite stylistic references.

Similarly, it may be beneficial, before taking more photographs, or in any case, as you carry on developing the project, that you go deeper into the hypothesis proposed by your project. Your initial approach is interesting but I think it is still too general, it would require greater precision in the basic parameters.

I’m not only referring to whether you decide right now if you would like to work in one city, or many, rather to what aspects of the architectural structures you would really be interested in analysing through the camera and what they bring into play in everyday life. What really drives your interest for these types of structures? What is it about them that challenges you? What are the issues that you would be interested in reflecting on through your photographs? I’m sure you are doing it, but it is essential that your own questions and their possible answers act as a guide; not only to justify what you like, but also in order to propose an interpretation that provides new insights on this type of urban and architectural structure that you have chosen to photograph.

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