I set out to photograph independent King Street merchants, as I’m interested in showing the range of business types, the ethnic and cultural mix of merchants, and the contrast between older and newer businesses. I plan to continue this project chronicling the shifting fates of this historic main street.
Mark Sloan is a curator, author and artist. He has served as the director and curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston since 1994. He has directed two national non-profit artists' organizations--The Light Factory in Charlotte, NC (1985-86) and San Francisco Camerawork in California (Associate Director, 1986-89). His 2004 book, Rarest of the Rare: Stories Behind the Specimens at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, features Mark’s photographs of this storied collection. As a photographer, Mark specializes in still life and portraiture. His photographs have been exhibited widely, including at the High Museum in Atlanta and the Grand Palais in Paris.