Born in 1957 in Villeneuve sur Lot, France, Marc Harrold is primarily a self-taught artist who currently resides in Paris.
Harrold's early career in journalism led him to discover his affinity for photography. In 1980, he participated in the creation of the Filtra-Presse agency. By the following decade, his focus shifted more specifically to photography and advertising.
Over the years he worked with many leading ad agencies including: Leo Burnett, Publicis Estrella, Grey, EURORSCG, 46° nord, all while continuing to develop his personal artistic style.
In 2005, Harrold began to show his work publicly, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Since then, he has exhibited in Paris, London, Barcelona, Milan, Singapore, Melbourne, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and more.
Harrold's photographs are taken at different places and times of day, sometimes randomly, to emphasize the interaction between light and shadow, or to highlight the unique effects of a beautiful moment in time. Through this process, both predictable and unexpected results occur, drawing the invisible from the visible.
Harrold's montage-like compositions are generally the result of his imagination. In his beach scenes, the artist's mark-making evolves through a process of transforming his subjects into generically recognizable shapes. This streamlining of detail results in a visceral reaction to the image, one that is both universal and uniquely personal.
This holds true for all of Harrold's series, including, "Underground" and "New York City". Moments in time are captured, sometimes with only 2-second intervals, then variations of them are repeated sequentially.
The appeal of this artist's work has much to do with its elegant simplicity. A limited or lightly saturated palette is often juxtaposed against an oversized field of pure cathartic, white. Harrold's C-prints are then facemounted to Diasec©, affixed to an aluminum substrate and then suspended with a hidden support allowing them to float in space.