Featured Artist Mark Hersch

Using a technique he calls “rephotography,” artist Mark Hersch gives viewers a sense of the passage of time by combining historic archival images with his own photography. Visit his website to see more of his work.

 

"Steamboat United States Passing State Street Bridge, Chicago" Photography, 24" x 36" by artist Mark Hersch. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Steamboat United States Passing State Street Bridge, Chicago” Photography, 24″ x 36″

 

Photography has been a big part of my life for over fifty years, ever since I took my first photos with a Kodak Instamatic camera and flash cubes in the 1960s. My love of history and interest in architecture goes back almost as long.

 

"The Heart of Chinatown, San Francisco" Photography, 24" x 30" by artist Mark Hersch. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Heart of Chinatown, San Francisco” Photography, 24″ x 30″

 

I set out to combine these lifelong pursuits of mine in a way that I hope evokes powerful feelings in the viewer.

 

"Phelan Building, San Francisco, Photography, 40" x 32" by artist Mark Hersch. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Phelan Building, San Francisco, Photography, 40″ x 32”

 

I want to evoke the same feelings I get when I visit places of great historic significance, particularly in cities in which I have either lived or spent a great deal of time exploring—the winding streets of Boston, the towering skyscrapers of Chicago, the granite monuments in Washington and the rebirth of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and fire.

 

 

"East Capitol Street, Washington, D.C." Photography, 30" x 24" by artist Mark Hersch. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“East Capitol Street, Washington, D.C.” Photography, 30″ x 24″

 

My specific technique is called “Rephotography.” It is the process of shooting an image at two different moments in time. Most often it is seen when two photographs of the same subject are shown side-by-side, such as satellite images of the arctic before and after an ice-melt, or of a coastal city before and after a flood.

 

"Quincy Market, Boston" Photography 40" x 32" by artist Mark Hersch. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Quincy Market, Boston” Photography 40″ x 32″

 

I take rephotography a step further. Specifically, I merge rare, archival photographs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries with contemporary photographs I shoot from the same vantage point today, then painstakingly blend them together into a single image to reveal parts of the old world and parts of the new. I call this collection “Time After Time: Historic American Rephotography.”

 

"G Street, Washington, D.C." Photography, 42" x 30" by artist Mark Hersch. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“G Street, Washington, D.C.” Photography, 42″ x 30″

 

More than anything, I hope my work creates a conversation. A conversation about the passage of time; about how things change, but also, in many ways, how they remain the same.

 

"Wabash Ave., North From Adams St., Chicago" Photography, 36" x 24" by artist Mark Hersch. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Wabash Ave., North From Adams St., Chicago” Photography, 36″ x 24″

 

It is very relevant to the era in which we find ourselves, where historic preservation is at the forefront of many leading architectural projects throughout the country and around the world.

 

"Tremont Street and the Mall, Boston" Photography, 30" x 24" by artist Mark Hersch. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Tremont Street and the Mall, Boston” Photography, 30″ x 24″

 

I’m most grateful for the opportunities this project has afforded me to showcase my work to audiences at major art fairs and festivals. In 2018, I will be exhibiting at a number of prestigious shows, including the Arlington Festival of the Arts in Arlington, Virginia; the A La Carte and Art Festival in Mountain View California; the Paradise City Art Festival outside of Boston; and the Port Clinton Art Festival and Old Town Art Festival in Chicago.

 

"State Street South from Lake Street, Chicago" Photography, 42" x 30" by artist Mark Hersch. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“State Street South from Lake Street, Chicago” Photography, 42″ x 30″

 

You can see the entire “Time After Time: Historic American Rephotography” collection on my website.

 

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Comments

  1. Mark,

    Love your combine photos. Great concept. I totally enjoyed viewing them.
    Al Vessell

  2. Fantastic work, Congratulations!

  3. Kathleen Elam says:

    Your work is so unique and just fabulous. What an incredible idea! I am blown away.

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