Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts and Culture Imagine 2020 Award Winner – Mark Sink

Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts and Culture Imagine 2020 Award Winner – Mark Sink


Mark is integral to the Denver photographic
arts, and I’d say integral to the Colorado photographic art scene.
– Mark’s from Denver originally, so I just feel like he’s so immersed in this community.
Whether a photographer is new, early in their career, or more established, he has this amazing
way of mentoring and supporting the community. – He has found in the photographic medium
a way in which many people can very easily participate.
– In the ’70s there was not a lot of fine are photography. I was going to school at
the Auraria Campus. I started off making fine art photography as an exploration, and then
along came Andy Warhol. I got a chance to show him my work and he put me on the masthead
of Interview Magazine. – For somebody with his prominence, he sort
of amazingly ego-less. And it’s kind of an unusual thing in the art world.
– One of the key things that I’ve been doing all my life is finding a community. I like
curating people into groups. – Part of Imagine 2020 looks at collaboration,
collective leadership, and community building. We all are now united under this umbrella
of the photographic medium, and it just takes hold. Mark has galvanized the community in
a model that I think is unique and accessible and unifying.
– Mark is kind of like the number one cheerleader slash champion of photography, whether a photographer
is new, early in their career, or more established, he has this amazing way of mentoring and supporting
the community. Which to me really speaks to those Imagine 2020 Vision Elements of accessablilty
and lifelong learning. – The Month of Photography Collaboration represents
not only this support of local talent, because of how he creates accessibility for artists
in the community to participate in such a large platform.
– He founded Month of Photography in 2005. It’s been such a wonderful thing to watch,
what he’s done with it and the grassroots way he has supported photographers in the
community. – He basically puts a call out and everybody
jumps in, and then he’s connecting the dots, and he’s putting together a publication that
integrates and unifies us all under the Month of Photography Collaboration.
– He appreciates and respects the history of the medium, but he also is excited by new
work, and that is so important to developing the photographic culture here in Denver.
– The project that is near and dearest to my heart is called The Big Picture. We print
out giant sheets that you flower, water, and sugar, and you can just turn an alleyway into
a beautiful art gallery. It’s out on the street where average, everyday people engage with
it and are really moved by it. That’s what makes a city, you know, incredibly special,
is through the arts that it produces, and I’m passionate about that.
– I think he reminds us of our collective intelligence and the power behind that.
– He’s helping Denver develop into an internationally recognized center for photography.
– I’m always saying don’t wait for something to happen, make something happen. The more
you give, the more, you know, it comes back to you. A lot of incredible things have come
to fruition that I feel very lucky to have been a part of, and we’ll see what the next
incarnation for 2030 will be.

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