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07.02.2017

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The viewer can barely break away from the intensity of the photographer’s portraits; there’s good reason why Mario Marino likes to refer to them as “photographic psychogrammes”. Taken over a number of years on countless journeys to the most diverse regions of the world, he has put together a very person gallery of fascinating portraits. On the occasion of Marino’s 50th birthday, the Leica Gallery Salzburg is presenting a series of his most recent works at Schloss Arenberg.

People are at the heart of Marino’s oeuvre. Time and again, with curiosity and empathy, the photographer manages to establish a visual, bonding relationship between the viewer and the person in front of them – despite all the ethnic and cultural differences. With his suggestive and direct photography, he tries to draw out the most authentic image possible of those he portrays. The camera doesn’t come across as a disturbing filter, but rather an open mirror.

“I’m very interested in other cultures; in particular the culture of India. The exceptional faces of the Indian people fascinate me as much as their cultural background and their identity.”

In addition to a virtuous use of both black and white and colour, Marino’s portraits reflect a perfect interplay between excerpt and composition. When all is said and done, however, it’s impossible to explain the magic of the photographer’s images down to the tiniest detail – it remains part of the wonderful mystery of his work. Congratulations!



Mario Marino on the occasion of his 50th birthday
Portraits from the years 2011 to 2016
Exhibition: February 25 to June 28, 2017  
Leica Gallery Salzburg
Schloss Arenberg
www.leica-galerie-salzburg.at

Mario Marino

Mario Marino was born in Hall, Tirol, Austria in 1967. He has been living and working as a free-lance photographer in Germany since 2000. His intense portrait series were taken on journeys throughout Europe, Africa, Cuba, India, Nepal and Mexico.

www.mariomarino.com
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