Collaborative Emotional Laboratory – Interview with Marcus Lyon
協同作業的情感實驗室 – 專訪攝影師馬可斯·里昂


TRANSLATED BY 翻譯 x Harry Liu 劉競晨
IMAGE COURTESY BY 圖片提供 x Marcus Lyon 馬可斯·里昂

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Marcus Lyon, a British photographic artist, founded his studio in a large dilapidated glass factory in Kennington, London, 25 years ago. The area is hidden just south east of Westminster and Waterloo, popular with MP’s and the creative communities alike, it has undergone significant regeneration in the very recent past and provides an inspirational working environment at the heart of the city. Lyon’s career success tracks a similar path, in 1990 he bought a small brown-field plot of land and founded the multidisciplinary art studio, The Glassworks: a gallery, exhibition venue and centre of production for collaborative and original art. Outside his art practice Lyon is a director of Somerset House and a significant portrait artist. In that role he has been commissioned to photograph a diverse range of public figures, from Queen Elizabeth II, to the actor Bill Nighy and the last four British Prime Ministers.

Over the course of his 30-year art career, Lyon has explored themes of global expansion and social migration in the modern world, searching for meaning in our mass behaviours. From micro to the macro explorations of the issues at the heart of globalization, the megacity and migration, his work stimulates thinking about the relationship between man and the natural world.

During the interview, Lyon radiates an infectious enthusiasm for the all he does, as an artist, a determined social entrepreneur and an active public speaker on both photography and development.

馬可斯·里昂是一位在倫敦工作和生活的攝影藝術家,他的工作室位於倫敦東南的肯寧頓(Kennington)地區,這裡原本是一處玻璃工廠,喜劇大師卓別林的母親也曾經在這裡工作過。24年前里昂來到這裡的時候,它只是一片破敗的廠房,而經過這些年的經營,這個地區有了很大的變化,隨著自己藝術事業的蒸蒸日上,他買下了工作室這裡一大片的廠房,改造成了現在的工作室,還邀請其他設計師和藝術家一起過來工作。

這些年裡,他拍了女王,還有被女王耗下去的四任前首相,還有各種明星。在工作室裡陳列著他創作的攝影作品,他一直都關注于人類生存狀態的主題,通過他作品中呈現的“大量”和“密集”的人類文明創造的景觀來反思人類與環境之間的關係:越來越多的人口與城市承載力之間的矛盾,我們到底能不能建造一個適應不斷湧現大量人潮的適宜居住的城市?宏觀世界的視角與微觀之間的辯證關係是怎樣的呢?

里昂是很熱情的一個人,願意與所有人探討他的藝術和我們生活的世界。去年5月份他的一張攝影作品在佳士得拍賣會上以高於估價十倍成交,他很高興自己的作品得到大家的認可,他並沒有期望自己的作品價格會瘋狂飆升,只是不斷地強調對於質量和專業性的追求,對於商業上的發展里昂也很坦然,他說:“不管是做什麼都得做得專業,不能馬虎,商業也是如此,我也一直希望尋求高質量的合作夥伴來共同發展。”

EXODUS IV - Hong Kong, China (2010) copy

EXODUS IX - Liberty Road, Houston (2014) copy

EXODUS VI - West Lamma Channel, South China Sea (2011) copy

TIMEOUT II - LAX (2014) copy

OPTOGENOME I - How do chemicals feel (2011) copy


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