The Family Project

October 22, 2010
The Family Project | Mark Burton Photography

[custom_gallery]My ongoing project, buy  now in its 5th year, story is photographing and collecting oral histories from 25 families in England, dosage Scotland, Wales, Germany, the USA and Zambia. This long-term project has been inspired by the typography work of August Sander and Rineke Dijkstra.

Families are photographed using a medium format film camera. Subjects are drawn into the photograph by this more time-consuming method of working with film and long exposures. They forget trying to smile for a snapshot and become absorbed by the process, creating intense portraits. This format also allows the images to be enlarged on a painterly scale.