Over the course of a decade and across 32 states, photographer and digital artist Stephen Marc followed the Underground Railroad, the network of people and places that served as a gateway to freedom during slavery in the American South.
Tracing its history, its interconnected web of stories, of faces, lives, homes, caves, and passageways, Marc followed and photographed the routes of the freedom seekers, creating from these powerful images a thread of narratives. Stephen Marc: Passage On the Underground Railroad, an exhibition of Marc’s compelling and visually expansive digital documentary montages, will be on view in Norton Photography Gallery through September 23, 2012.
The exhibition features digital documentary montages in a size known as extended panoramic, startling, bold works measuring 10 inches tall by 45 inches wide. In addition to Marc’s photographic work, the digitally rendered montages include images of historical materials discovered on the premises of these historic sites, including letters, photographs and paintings. This traveling exhibition was organized by University of Buffalo. Marc’s work has also appeared in museums in Paris, Chicago, Houston, and Washington DC. Marc is a professor at Arizona State University and has resided in Arizona since 1998.
This Mississippi montage merges a wrought iron fence and houses in Vicksburg near the Cedar Grove Estate, a cotton field and plow, a torso with Phi Beta Sigma fraternity brands, and text from a slave owner's letter defending his decision not to emancipate his slaves. (2002)
Stephen Marc: Passage on the Underground Railroad was organized by the University at Buffalo Art Galleries, Buffalo, New York. The Exhibition was curated by Sandra H. Olsen, Director, UB Art Galleries. The publication Stephen Marc: Passage on the Underground Railroad was published by Stephen Marc in conjunction with the University Press of Mississippi. For this exhibition and publication, Marc has received ongoing support from the Olympus Imaging America Inc., as well as from the National Park Service as a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.
Presenting Sponsor: U.S. Bancorp Foundation. Additional support provided by: InFocus.