Lot 128: Mark Maio

Cargill-S, Buffalo River
Carbon pigment inkjet print
Series: The Ghosts of Silo City
Artist proof
Signed recto ink
Courtesy of the artist
Fair Market Value

Mark Maio divides his time between personal fine art photography and as an imaging consultant in the field of ophthalmology. His fine art photography has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country in addition to being included in public and private collections. In 2007 a (12) print portfolio of his Against the Grain work was purchased by the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film for their permanent collection. He also conducts photography workshops throughout the year at Silo City in Buffalo, NY and at his second home on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Cargill-S, Buffalo River, is part of a series in progress entitled The Ghosts of Silo City and is connected to a previous body of work: Against the Grain: Buffalo’s Old First Ward and the Grain Scoopers. Six years ago (and a little over twenty years since the scoopers stopped unloading grain in Buffalo), I began running photography workshops at Silo City. These workshops, offered at least twice a year, attract photographers from across the United States and Canada and give me extended periods of time to explore and re-explore. The opportunity has allowed me to interact with the site at a much slower visual pace. This six-acre collection of abandoned grain elevators, previously teaming with activity, now stands silent and only the ghosts of the men remain.

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