Mark Harvey

Mark Harvey

By 15th January 2016 Current Residencies No Comments

‘As a documentary photographer I am usually asked to work as if invisible, as I’m only there to record events in front of the camera, not to influence the outcome. During my residency at Bank Street Arts, I aim to explore the relationship between the photographer, subject, and image when working with people who are considered by some parts of society to be ‘marginalised’.’

Photographer Mark Harvey is using his time as a resident at Bank Street Arts to question and challenge the media’s use of images of marginalised communities, with a particular emphasis on photographs of the homeless. In tandem with his work as a photographer – which is strongly focused on social issues including poverty, drug abuse, and criminal justice – Mark is a long-standing volunteer at Sheffield’s Cathedral Archer Project, a charity that provides vital support for the city’s homeless and vulnerable. Mark leads weekly photography activities and in 2015 was one of the driving forces behind Street View, a project that offered Archer’s clients the opportunity to use disposable cameras to document their everyday worlds.

Mark’s residency began in 2016 with Beyond Street View, a curated exhibition featuring photographs taken by Archer’s clients:
He followed this in August 2016 with Baggage:
Mark’s next exhibition, A Box For My Bed, opens on Monday 27th February 2017 and features photographs of the spaces where Sheffield’s rough sleepers get their heads down for the night. On Friday 24th March, Mark leads a symposium at Sheffield’s Workstation venue that will explore visual representations of homelessness in the media. Tickets and further details are available here.
Rough sleeping