Through digital collages of photographs, historical documents, iconography, and ephemera, Stephen Marc tells stories of the Underground Railroad. Marc’s known as a pioneer in his medium, which includes combining images and text to re-create sites and stories of African American life.
Marc’s based in Phoenix, where his work is currently on view at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue. His latest exhibition in the museum's Norton Photography Gallery is “Passage on the Underground Railroad,” on view through Sunday, September 23. In it, Marc traces the history of slaves' secretive pathway to freedom. To create it, he spent more than a decade traveling to 32 states and collecting portraits, stories, songs, and snapshots. Then he layered the imagery to create what he calls “digital documentary montages.”