a conversation with Mark Diamond


Mark Diamond’s show of 3-Dimensional photography titled “Spatial Recognition”. The show presents an eye-opening overview of works in 3-Dimensional photography reflecting a creatively intense year of work in this amazing medium. Diamond is known as a holographer, videographer, photographer and expert practitioner of 3-D for over 35 years. His works appear in over 14 countries in private and public collections and he was a founding member of the Museum of Holography in New York City in 1975. Having built and operated the first 3-D holographic laser laboratory and gallery south of New York here in Miami in the seventies. Diamond has continued to explore 3-Dimensional imaging techniques and their application to art, science and commerce going on 4 decades.

The work on display ranges from 3-Dimensional portraiture of famous personages such as Buckminster Fuller, Bo Diddley, Dick Gregory and Les Paul produced with Clayton Munsey, as well as an array of portraits of local artists and their work all seen in 3 dimensions. Among other works on display are experimental images done with the technique of 3-D integral photography commonly known as lenticular images. Diamond has pushed the envelope with this medium taking it to the streets. Most work that has been seen using this art form is created mainly in a studio under contrived conditions.

Never before seen will be what Diamond is calling a “3-D Wall-o-Grams.” The assemblage of over 100 3d images ranging in size appear as a montage on one gallery wall which will provide an arresting visual as these intensely 3-D little worlds collide all in one place. Says Diamond of the ”Wall-o-Grams” experiment, “this is a new medium for most people, and as such a new visual language which requires a bit of contemplation in order to really see what is going on in these little gems. By presenting such an overwhelming pastiche of subjects all in one place the viewer can readily acclimate to this new lexicon if they have the patience to engage, the rewards are great and it directly affects their appreciation for the 3-D- depth of the world around them.”

Also, in the show will be “GreenSpace” a 3-D installation on the floor the visitors are encouraged to walk upon. Originally created for an office lobby in Tokyo Japan, a 3 ft x 4 ft chunk of earth is seen with green leaves popping out that seem to come up to the viewers shins while walking on it. Diamond says that the experience is akin to sensations only achievable in a dream state where objects intersect and share 3 dimensional spaces in a way “real” things cannot.