Selected Works by Mark Forte

Polychromes offers the ideas behind the process along with an annotated presentation of the complete Legacies in Stone series. In addition, you will see a sneak preview of Venice: City of the Sea, a work in progress, which developed into Venice: City of Illusions - Polychrome Series II,.

Back cover text:

When I photograph, be it buildings, landscapes or people, I am interested in uncovering a subtext in the subject that tells a story. The prints are my medium for retelling those stories.

In my ongoing quest to make my images more evocative, I have developed a digital processing technique, which I call polychrome. The resulting prints seem to describe a space somewhere between reality and the abstraction of photography. This intermediate reality is perfect for retelling the stories. It is my hope that in looking at this image collection, you will be able to discover these and, perhaps, other stories, as well.

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About the photographer

Many years ago Mark Forte received his Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Environmental Studies and a Masters of Architecture from Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. Thinking that this would prepare him for a career in architecture he settled into the San Francisco Bay Area. He was right, but he was also not especially convinced that he wanted to be right.

Photography was always an adjunct to his architectural work, and after some thirty years he realized through his photographs that what he was after was not about architecture at all. It was about the spirit of place, of time, of memory.

Now when he is not writing for children or teaching students about the creative spirit of architecture, he fully explores this aspect of the art which showed him the error of his ways, seeking inspiration in his travels and in the beautiful high desert of his home in New Mexico.

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