Angel Marcos

BIOGRAPHY

Born 1955


Angel Marcos, born in Medina del Campo, Valladolid, Spain, started out on the trail of the great cities of China.  The photographer has created monumental tableaux to introduce us to the pulsating megacities and molochs of Shanghai, Peking, and Hong Kong.  The images he has shot testify to the glaring opposition of old and new, tradition and modernity, the Western world and ancient Asian custom.  Marcos’s photos are stored traces of ephemerality, traces that sometime or other might disappear forever: small temples, pagodas, steaming cookshops on the street corner, parked bicycles on the pavement, washing hung out to dry on the crazy tangle of telephone cables.  Modern bridge constructions bore their way brutally into the historic Chinese building substance, poignantly underlining their brittle fragility.  Marcos’s work is known worldwide, with exhibitions ranging from Europe to both North and South America.