Mark Forbes is best known for his considered and atmospheric documentary photography of street scenes, urban landscapes and structures. He employs film as his medium of choice for personal documentary work – using predominantly traditional medium format cameras.
Forbes’ approach to photography comes from an underlying fascination with people and their interaction with the environment. He has an uncanny knack of capturing the layers of beauty that exist everywhere around us. “I am an avid people watcher. When I’m out in the street, or even just day to day, I’m constantly seeing beautiful and interesting images and stories in my head.”
Forbes’ photographs have been exhibited throughout Australia at both commercial and public galleries, including the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Perth Centre for Photography, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Barn Gallery, Bayside Gallery, Victorian Archive Gallery and the Stanley Street Gallery.
He was the winner of The Gomma Grant 2019 for the Best Colour Photograph, the winner of the OptiKA Photographic Award 2020 and has been a finalist in many renowned Art Prizes including the Blake Prize, Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art, CLIP Award, the Lake Art Prize, Footscray Art Prize, Photo Lucida Critical Mass and the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (semi finalist).
While commercially his photographic style has led to shooting for many brands including Jaguar, Mercedes Benz and Samsung. He is available for assignments & commissions, and his limited edition prints are held in public and private collections, in Australia and internationally.