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06.12.2018

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In his series Cheltenham Folk the amateur photographer Marksteen Adamson potraits his fellow citizens. We show an excerpt with only female protagonists. The series will be on show in Cheltenham next spring.

At a first glance, the close-up street portraits by the self-taught photographer, Adamson Marksteen, could be reminiscent of Bruce Gilden’s wide-angled distorted faces, or Martin Parr’s ‘stolen moments’. Marksteen acknowledges both Gilden and Parr as sources of inspiration. His approach however, differs from the two icons of socio-documentary street photography as he explains: “It’s easy to find people who are broken and to photograph them. It’s more dramatic but, I think, less respectful to the subject.” He also knows about the temptation of selecting images where those portrayed are not shown in the best light. “Sometimes I have to be strong and resist publishing a picture where the person appears somewhat ridiculous. The image might prove more compelling, but it would be lacking in compassion.” With his Cheltenham Folk portrait series, Marksteen’s goal is to produce a balanced reportage of his hometown. Rather like a social study of a city that is primarily known in Great Britain as the place where the Secret Service has its headquarters, the heartland of horse racing, and home to members of the upper classes. These images do not align however, with Marksteen’s impression of the town. “Cheltenham has a massive variety of people. Culturally, economically and socially the city contains the whole spectrum.”

The whole portfolio can be found in LFI 8.2018.

All images on this page © Marksteen Adamson
Equipment: Leica Q, Summilux 28mm f/1.7 Asph.
Rhiannon, Cheltenham 2018
Isabela, Cheltenham 2018
Sarah, Cheltenham 2018
Tyrisha, Cheltenham 2018
Freya, Cheltenham 2018
Pam, Cheltenham 2018

Marksteen Adamson

Marksteen grew up on a missionary station in Tanzania. He has lived in many countries – Denmark, Holland, USA and Great Britain. He speaks four languages, is a keen cyclist and motorcyclist and an avid collector of many things. He also writes music and plays numerous instruments. Marksteen works successfully in the advertising industry and lives in Cheltenham with his wife, Louise, his four children, a Patterdale Terrier and two cats. Photography is his hobby.

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