Artists: John Mack
Born in New York City, 1976.
At the age of 1 his family moves to the forested areas north of the big city. Living in a rural area surrounded by nature until his entry into university helps to develop his aesthetic vision. After studying sociology and philosophy he graduates from school and prepares himself for work as a financial consultant to begin in 2000 in Manhattan. Just before entering the world of finance Mack disembarks on a journey to Antarctica (Oct. 1999) for 3 months as a producer’s assistant for the IMAX documentary film of Sir Ernest Shackleton, The Endurance. Here he encounters not only one of the most unique landscapes of the planet, but also an inspiring group of people who dedicate their professional careers to images photographers, cinematographers, directors. Shortly following his return to Manhattan in 2000, he leaves his work as a financial consultant. Visualizing the images left behind in his Antarctic journey, he doesn't last long in his office career. He takes an old camera from his father and walks the streets of New York. In the beginning of 2001 he buys a new camera and journeys to Mexico where he discovers the visual beauty of simplicity.
With geometry of form and light, Mack composes his images. Whether it is a shadow -light turned into shape-, a ray of sun, or simply absence or presence of sun, light determines the composition to such a degree that one could think the photograph to be manipulated- as if he brings his own lighting equipment to the scene. This is not the case. Everything is an accident in Mack's photos. He is a hunter of perfect accidents. If the perfect moment does not present itself, Mack will not open the shutter. If an image is not shot perfectly, Mack will refuse to print it. He does not digitally manipulate any part of the image. All of his prints come to life from the negative in a darkroom. Through his work it seems justified to call non-digital photography one medium in itself, and any other kind of digitally manipulated photography another- as Susanne Steines suggests in one of her texts on photography.
2004 Book, "Patient", Photographic essay
2005 Book, "Xibalbá, lost dreams of the Mexican Rainforest", Photographic essay
2006 Exhibition, "Vanishing Points", N.Y. City
2008 Exhibition, "Xibalbá, los sueños perdidos de la Selva Lacandona", Rejas de Chapultepec, Mexico City