Marco enjoys the challenge of solving problems and the quest of finding new visual solutions. Although equally comfortable photographing people, and known for his dramatic portraits and beauty work, he specializes in still life imagery.
“It takes full advantage of my fine art and design background,” he says, “and utilizes the experience I have in rigging, digital software, and lighting as a director of photography. What I really find appealing about photographing jewelry is its intrinsic beauty,” he explains. “Gold, precious metals, diamonds, and gems are among the most alluring and fascinating elements in nature. Their wide range of colors and textures and the infinitely stunning ways they react to light never cease to captivate my imagination.”
There is also a certain degree of intrigue, according to Marco, about “being in the presence of $60 million worth of jewelry with five armed guards each protecting the interests of their respective clients (the scene of our latest shoot for the Robb Report).”
Marco says that images of jewelry have always been a part of his portfolio. “I think the stage was set by two projects in particular: one was the now-famous Lucien Picard watch campaign I created with Arnie Arlow; the other was photographing the Tiffany Collection for the Museum of Modern Art.”
As for the future, Marco is very excited about the turn his personal work has taken toward fine art. He reports being very close to publishing a body of personal images that will coincide with a gallery show of the published visuals later this year.
“In 2004, as the official launch artist from the New York City Big Apple Fest, I created an installation for the opening gala at Gotham Hall. Aside from being a rousing success, it was great fun putting it together. It actually jump-started my interest in the venue,” he says. “I’m presently working on two conceptual ideas for large-scale installations. That aside, we’re also looking forward to the return of the bluefish [to the North Fork of Long Island, where the Marcos have has a vineyard/farm] in the spring.”
For more Marco images, visit www.philmarco.com