British photographer Mark Vessey will be launching his latest artwork, William Shakespeare – a photographic representation of the complete set of Shakespeare’s plays, completed to honour the 400 year anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016 in October.
Mark’s work as a photographic artist has been brought by Kate Moss and Graham Norton and featured in Love Magazine, Attitude and The Times amongst other publications.
Mark’s homage to Kate Moss, depicting the magazine spines of 20 years of Vogue covers with Kate on the cover, was chosen by St Pancras Editions as one of a series of limited edition artworks to be exhibited at St Pancras Hotel. His donated work has raised thousands of pounds for both the Stonewall and Albert Kennedy Trust charities.
He was also the muse for photographer Polly Borland, working extensively with her on her Smudge series of images, along with musician Nick Cave.
Mark Vessey is a British photographic artist whose work is inspired by the idea of creating art from collections of everyday objects. He spends his life searching for that elusive edition of a magazine; that one book that will make his collection complete. He explores every facet of them with an intensity that only a collector can. His is a relentless pursuit of organisation, of order.
Suitably enough, his ongoing body of work is called Collections. It takes inspiration from Vessey’s love of vintage magazines like The Face and Playboy, as well as groundbreaking contemporary titles like Attitude. Vessey also celebrates one of the enduring icons of the publishing world – the Penguin paperback book.
Individually, these publications are a snapshot in time. When put together in physical and photographic form these collections take on new meaning. After all, this is a time when catalogues of books can be held on a Kindle, when ownership of a vast music collection is just a monthly subscription away.