I’m in absolute awe of the work of Mario Marino. The Austrian born portrait photographer has been capturing fascinating human subjects in their native environments for some fourteen years. Not surprisingly, his work is exhibited in museums and galleries around the world.
I find myself particularly drawn to his ‘Faces of Africa’ series which documents the various subcultures of South Ethiopia’s Omo River Valley region, chosen for its incredible density of distinct ethnic minorities.
I read an interview with Marino recently, wherein he gave what I thought was a perfectly eloquent description of his work: “Empathy and walking is the key to my work. A normal day consists of about 8 -10 hours walking around looking for people (15 to 20 kilometers a day). I try to read people’s lives, the circumstances they live in, the feelings they must have. The human being is at the center of my photography.”
Visit his website for further amazement.