2016 Art Trail
Mark Carey’s photographs within the Refuge exhibition portrays the Al Mazrak 2 IDP camp just after it opened in November 2009.
In forgotten conflict in the Arab world’s poorest country a Saudi Arabian led coalition using mainly British and American weapons conducts a war where “the only groups poised to benefit from the war dragging on are the jihadis of Islamic State (Isis) and al-Qaida” (Guardian 7/2015).
“the coalition had conducted airstrikes targeting civilians and civilian objects, in violation of international humanitarian law” (UN report 2016).
In the midst of this are the many seeking refuge from the relentless violence.
On March 30th 2015 the camp was hit by a Saudi airstrike killing 45 people.
The war continues.
Mark started out as a photographer working on reportage stories such as the Romanian Orphanages and the Poll Tax protests. Photos evolved into moving images via the National Film and Television School in 1995.
Shooting mainly documentary at first, he was Cinematographer on the controversial BBC BAFTA winning ‘Saying it for the Girls’ (1999). Moving on to shooting promos and commercials, 2009 saw a return to documentary with ‘China Power: Art Now After Mao’ (C4 True stories) followed by ‘Venus and Serena’ (2012) and additional cinematography for Alex Gibney’s Sundance 2013 premiered ‘Finding Fela!’, 2014 BAFTA finalist ‘We Steal Secrets: The Wikileaks Story’, and Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi’s 2014 ‘The Fifty Year Argument’.
Mark has shot a number of films with contemporary artist Jasmina Cibic. These have been extensively exhibited including at 2012 European City of Culture, 2013 Venice Biennale, Kunsthal Charlottenborg 2016.
Mark Carey is now Head of Cinematography at the Northern Film School, Leeds Beckett University. He is currently working on a PhD through published works; photographs and cinematography.