“My commitment to the art of photography came from a more profound understanding that it is tied to the complexity of living, dying, suffering and loving in this world and being part of that experience instead of just looking at it.”
Marc Hors is a documentary photographer and storyteller dedicated to capturing the social and cultural fabric of our contemporary society in all its splendor, nuance, and terrible beauty. His work is committed to using photography to affect meaningful social change and producing work on environmental and human rights issues.
Marc grew up in the outskirts of Barcelona, Spain, living since then in many different places worldwide while working in long term projects. Marc works between Barcelona and New York, from where he coordinates exhibitions, presentations, and the following projects.
Marc studied photography and darkroom technics at the Institute of Photographic Studies of Catalonia, in Barcelona. Since his childhood, he became influenced by the shapes, shades, and silhouettes of the streets of his home town Barcelona and the Art Nouveau of architects like Antoni Gaudy and Lluís Domènech I Montaner, but also by photographers like Francesc Català-Roca, Anna Turbau, Ramón Zabalza, Cristina García Rodero, etc.
In 2007, Marc embarked on a 5-year photographic project, in search of natural, social and cultural values that characterize the countries of the American continent. As a way of transportation but also as a multicultural passport he chooses the bicycle. Stating in Alaska, he ended in Puerto Williams, the Chilean Antarctic after 5 years, 20.000 miles, and 14 countries.
Indira Urrutia, Marc’s wife, from La Calera, Chile, joined the project in San Francisco, CA. Together displayed the project over 300 times along the journey in schools, cultural centers and universities to promote solidarity, equity, participation and respect among cultures by linking what they learned from human behaviors, beliefs, traditions with environmental and human rights issues.
Upon returning to the SF Bay Area, Marc and Indira became deeply troubled by the images of refugees floating on overcrowded boats trying to escape the war in the Middle East. As with their experiences among refugees and forced migrants in Latin America, they continued on their path to link humanity through direct participation and through photography, to be able to engage people from different continents and bring awareness to each other’s realities.
They decided to volunteer in Athens, Greece and help the refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq in any way that they could. Marc also hoped that in visually capturing the experiences of the people that are in the grips of this crisis, he would be able to bring to light the common humanity of people seeking a world of peace.
“I realized that images as well as being able to tell the story of each person is crucial in helping others see ourselves in each other. I called the project ‘We Are All Refugees’ because we are all responsible to varying degrees for what is happening in this world and refugees, like us, have the same basic human needs, like living in a safe home, with health and education and meaningful employment. In fewer words, to live with dignity. Since the beginning of mankind, our common ancestors walked through mountains, prairies and crossed raging rivers seeking a better life. It seems like today’s humanity has forgotten this”.