The characters of Lucha Libre. The luchadores were photographed on instant film and the originals were scanned and reproduced as prints.
A Mark Mann portrait is a search for honesty. Adept at digital photography, Mann respects the grace inherent in the analog process. Relying on observation, patience and synchronicity he works with a perfect accomplice – his 1940’s Graflex super D camera fitted with a 1920’s Schneider lens.
Along with his dedicated and resourceful producer, Daniel Roversi, and the support of a cadre of Kickstarter backers, Mann headed to Mexico City to reveal the truth behind the culture of Lucha Libre. This historic art form pits masked villains and heroes in an entertaining dual. It melds in equal measure fitness and fashion, bravado and irony. Begun in Southern California it settled and evolved in Mexico and continues to engage a community of trainers, wrestlers and fans.
Inspired by the classic ethnographic images taken by Irving Penn, Mann also employed a painted Charles Broderson backdrop. An engaging photographer with a deep curiosity and high regard for each individual’s story, Mann gained intimate access. These striking portraits are witness of a meaningful choreography between a concept and it’s implementation, a performer and their image-maker, a photographer and their tools. The focus is on the eyes, the storytellers.
Mark Mann is a celebrity and sports photographer. He was born in Glasgow, where he lived until he went to study at the prestigious photographic program of Manchester Polytechnic. Before long, the recent graduate was assisting innovative fashion photographers Nick Knight and Miles Aldridge, learning the ropes and building his own body of work. Three years later, Mark started shooting on his own, relocating to New York City.
Mark completed a yearlong project for Esquire Magazine, “The Life of Man.” He shot 80 American men ages 1 through 80, to celebrate 80 years of Esquire Magazine. This project took Mark to the White House where he was honored to shoot the sitting president, as well as former President Bill Clinton. He also shot numerous other notable people and celebrities across the country.