“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 spark curiosity and the critical thinking. An invitation to reflect that generates a significant social change in environmental and human rights issues.
Marc understands photography as a tool capable of illuminating the deepest corners of human experience and providing a mirror for society to examine itself.

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”.


Selected Exhibitions

Portraits of Dignity
– Soho Photo Gallery, New York – 2019

We Are All Refugees
– Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) – San Francisco, CA – 2018
– Mullen Brothers Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2017

Honoring the Service of the Latino Justices of the Supreme Court of California
– Ronald M. George State Office Complex, San Francisco, CA, 2018

The Gaze from the Bicycle
– Mullen Brothers Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2017
– RAC, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA  2013
– Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA), San Francisco, CA 2013
– Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco, CA 2013
– The Independent, San Francisco, CA 2013
– Ictus Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2013
– Forum of Cultures, Barcelona, Spain 2011
– Hospital Materno-Infantil Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, Spain 2011
– Nogales Cultural Center, Chile 2011
– Pablo Neruda foundation, Isla Negra, Chile – 2011
– Universidad ARCIS, Santiago, Chile 2011

Nukak
– GRA, Equipament Juvenil Granollers, Barcelona, Spain 2016
– Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco, CA. – 2014


Selected Presentations

More than 400 lectures have been hold since 2008.

– Hillcrest Juvenile Hall – Juvenile Court Schools – San Mateo, CA – 2018
– Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School – Massachusetts – 2018
– Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) – San Francisco, CA – 2018
– Mullen Brothers Imaging, San Francisco, CA 2017
– GRA, Equipament Juvenil Granollers, Barcelona, Spain 2016
– CIIS – California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA 2015
– Thomas Downey High School, Modesto, CA 2012
– Intercycles Cannondale Chile, Chile 2012
– Museo Martín Gusinde, Puerto Williams, Chile 2012
– Liceo Donald Mc. Intyre Griggitths (x6), Puerto Williams, Chile 2012
– Darien Hight School, Darien, Connecticut 2012
– Christopher Columbus Elementary School, New Haven, Connecticut 2012
– Faculty of Physical Science and Mathematics, Universidad de Chile, Chile 2011
– Art and Sicial Sience University ARCIS, Santiago, Chile 2011
– Pablo Neruda Fundación, Isla Negra, Chile 2011
– Casa de la Cultura, Nogales, Chile 2011
– National Park Eduardo Avaroa, Bolivia 2010
– Universidad Alas Peruanas, Andahuaylas, Peru 2010
– National University Jose Maria Arguedas, Andahuaylas, Peru 2010
– Universidad de Bracamoros, Jaen, Peru 2010
– Universidad Amazonica, Puyo, Ecuador 2010
– Penitentiary and Prison from Armenia INPEC, Armenia, Colombia 2010
– SENA Forest Engineering, San Jose del Guaviare, Colombia 2010
– El Café de los Artistas, Granada, Nicaragua 2009
– Cultural Center “Los Tres Mundos”, Granada, Nicaragua 2009
– Centro de Bellas Artes, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico 2009


Publications

News Papers: 
Daily Journal (LA), El Mensajero (SF), Mission Local (SF), El Mercurio Calama (Chile), El Observador, (Chile), 

Magazines
Biciurbana, Barcelona, Spain. Digital Magazine. 4 reports published. (July 2012 – October 2012)
Outdoors, Chile. Printed magazine. 2 reports published (March 2011 – April 2011)
MC Ediciones, Barcelona, Spain. Printed magazine, 12 reports published. (2007 – 2008)

Radio/TV Intervieus
KPOO, San Francisco – Pájaro Latino-Americano – Chelis Lopez (2016, 2017, 2018)
Tele Tica 7 Costa Rica (2009) | City TV Colombia (2010) | TVN Chile (2011)
Radio Euskadi – Levando Anclas – Roge Blasco (2009) | 100.7 Marandua Stere, Colombia


Professional Experience

Freelance photographer – 2005 to Current
https://marchors.com/ – World wide 
– Getty Images photography agency – 2013 – 2017
– I work with several newspapers and magazines in South America, and Spain, where I address actuality affairs on social issues, environment, and travel culture.

Beats Photo Studio – 1/2013 to 10/2018

San Francisco, CA  (Founder/Director)

Beats Photo Studio was founded in San Francisco, CA focused on  documenting those memorable events in life, promote skills and creativity on social, cultural and business events.
- Clients: JCCSF, Community Music Center, Tierra Films, San Francisco Symphony, Sf Academy of Arts, CIIS, etc, and  relevant people like: Thomas Friedman, Nina Totenberg, Bryan Cranston, Bryan Stevenson, Thomas Segal, Meklit La Zefen, etc.

Mi Cultura Art Project – 08/2016 to 08/2018

San Francisco, CA  (Teacher)

Mi Cultura is an inquiry based educational initiative that provides programming and workshops about the diverse cultures of countries around the world.

Zoinia.org – 03/2017 to 07/2018
San Francisco, CA  (Co-founder/Director/Photographer)
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in San Francisco providing creative solutions through media and technology. 

Lyrics of Sada – 07/2017 to 07/2018
San Francisco, CA  (Co-founder/Photographer)
Lyrics of Sada is a international sonic journey of storytelling and cultural exchange through original music led by refugee musicians and supported by Bay Area artist.


Collaborations

Leonard Peltier Statue – Photographer
https://marchors.com/portfolio/leonard-peltier-statue/ – 
Advocacy for social and political change, specifically calling attention to the incarceration of political prisoners and political organizing in support of indigenous communities in the United States.
– Ripples Become Waves. Los Angeles (2018)

- Standing Rock (2016)



Adoption Museum – Photographer

http://adoptionmuseumproject.org – Building a permanent museum dedicated to adoption.
– Operation Babylift: Perspectives and Legacies (2015)

– Our Place at the Table: Honoring Birth Mother Stories (2013)


Brady Campaign (2014 – 2015) Photographer

http://www.bradycampaign.org – Prevent gun violence and advocate for gun control in the US.



Red Poppy Art House – (2013 – 2015) Photographer

http://redpoppyarthouse.org –  A place for slowness and the nuanced intermingling of ideas and activities generally termed “art.”


About

Marc Hors is a documentary photographer and storyteller dedicated to capturing the social and cultural fabric of our contemporary society in all of its splendor, nuance and terrible beauty.

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