Mark Forbes

born 1980, Middlesbrough, England. Lives Melbourne, Australia.


"One of my favourite memories as a child was being in airports and on planes travelling from place to place. It was like we were always going somewhere new and mysterious."

Mark is best known for his considered and atmospheric documentary photography of street scenes, urban landscapes and structures. He employs film as his medium of choice for personal documentry work - using both traditional 35mm and medium format cameras.

Mark's approach to photography comes from an underlying fascination with people and their interaction with the environment. He has an uncanny knack of capturing the layers of beauty that exist everywhere around us. "I am an avid people watcher. When I'm out in the street, or even just day to day, I'm constantly seeing beautiful and interesting images and stories in my head.”

He visited Fukushima in 2016 to document the rehabilitation of the area and people devastated by the unprecedented events of 2011.

His photographic style has led to shooting for many brands including Jaguar, Mercedes Benz and Samsung.

Mark has been a semi finalist in the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize and is a winner of The Gomma Grant 2019 for the Best Colour Photograph and Capture Magazine's "Australasian Top Emerging Photographer Award 2018" in the Travel category.

For international assignments & commissions Mark is represented by INSTITUTE in the UK & USA.

His prints are held in public and private collections, in Australia and internationally.

"I love the ability that photography gives me to tell a story. Especially when that story has a connection to the world that we live in. I feel this enjoyment every time I shoot."

© 2019 Mark Forbes.
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