About - Mark Tamer

For me the click of the camera marks the beginning of the process. Often that initial image is just an inkling of an idea, a feeling that it may be interesting. This then needs further work to tease out, to chip away at, until I can get to the essence of what it is. This process is a time of experimentation and of trying to find the correct expression of that initial idea. I may have many versions, before choosing the image that best satisfies this.

As a child, much to the annoyance of my family, I was always taking things like record players and radios apart to see how they work. More often than not I would get an electric shock and often things wouldn't go back together quite right. However, this habit of pulling things apart has continued into my photography. Never happy with the preferred way of making images, I enjoy tinkering below the surface to see what lies beneath.

Since being diagnosed with a neurological balance disorder I have been attempting to bring order, calmness and indeed more balance to my work. I’m interested in trying to reduce what is before me down to it’s simplest form whilst maintaining a sense of mystery that engages the viewer. More recently I have begun exploring how “breaking” images relates to illness and vulnerability.

Punk was a big influence on me. Not just the music but the attitude, the DIY approach of just getting on with it, expressing yourself. I loved the stripped down music, the freedom in just three chords. I find myself taking this approach to my images - stripping away the unnecessary to leave only barest amount of detail. I'm looking for the visual equivalent of that 2 minutes and 12 seconds of honed perfection that is Blitzkreig Bop.


Education
MA Photography, London College of Communication 2016-17
BA (Hons) Film, Video and Animation, London College of Printing, 1990 - 1993


Awards
Muse Gallery Residency 2017
National Disability Arts Collection and Archive Research and Development Award 2017


Recent Exhibitions

2017

Final Show MA Photography - LCC, Elephant and Castle
Making It Real, - Ugly Duck, London
AIR Competition Finalist - Muse Gallery, Portobello Road
Revolv Collective: Archives as Medium, live creation of zine - Four Corners Gallery
Interim Show, LCC, Elephant and Castle


2016

CTRL, Spitalfields Studios, Whitechapel


2015

Déjà Vu, BAR Gallery, Willesden

Opposite Fields, Willesden Library Gallery


2014

Queens Park Photo Festival - Around A Mile

[In]Visible - Shape Gallery, Westfield, Stratford, London

ART-ITECTURE, BAR Gallery, Willesden


2013

London Independent Photographers Annual Exhibition - Strand Gallery

Open Studio - Kensal Rise, London

Creative Future's Tight Modern - Olympic Park, London

Imapct Art Fair, Brixton

Explorations - Electric House, Willesden , London

Sample 13: a celebration of the best photography from 2012, at theprintspace gallery, Kingsland Road, London 

Cork Street Open Winter Exhibition - The Gallery, Cork Street, London W1


2012

Christmas Exhibition - Artisan Gallery

Glimpse - Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green

London Independent Photographers Annual Exhibition - Strand Gallery

Queens Park Photographers Annual Show - Willesden Green Library Centre

Brent Artist Resource Annual Show - Willesden Green Library Centre

Perceptions of Balance - Curated by and exhibited at Creative Steps and then toured to 40 Gracechurch Street in the City of London

Lauderdale House Hidden/Exposed - Mile End Art Pavilion Annual

Photographic Competition - Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, London

Brent Artist Resource - Willesden Green Library Centre


Publications

Black and White Photography magazine fLIP magazine


Recent Work

Hestercombe House, artist residential

Three day residency at the Shape Gallery, Westfield, Stratford 2015

Artist in Residence, Malorees Infant School - Arts Week 2014, 2015 and 2016

Old Stories for New Times - Photographer. Heritage Lottery funded community project












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