Mark Person’s Solo Photo Exhibit at the State House in Boston, Massachusetts from June 13th to June 24th 2016


Photo exhibit at the State House in Boston from June 13th to June 24th 2016. Artist’s Reception TBD

Photojournalist for Boston City Paper. Weekly page titled Boston City Scene by Mark Person. Click on the link and scroll down next to last page.–14-PART-2.html

BNN-TV live interview June 2015


Farmer’s Market every Friday at Copley Square in Boston from 11am-6pm May 2017 thru December 2017.

Boston/Cape Cod-based photojournalist articulates big themes of the Deep South “through beauty and metaphor.”

Hyannis, MA (PRWEB) August 19, 2013

Stark, serene and poignant metaphors of the Deep South and dreaming the American dream are captured in both color and black/white images that comprise the exhibit “Staying Grounded: The Photography of Mark Person.” On permanent display at the Zion Union Heritage Museum on 276 North Street in Hyannis, Massachusetts since November 2012, the collection by Cape Cod-based photojournalist Mark Person has captivated art critics and aficionados so much that “Staying Grounded” is now taking flight as a traveling exhibit.

From August 23 through September 23, the collection will move to PAC-TV Gallery, located at Four Collins Avenue in Plymouth, Massachusetts. (A live broadcast of the August 23rd Artist’s Reception, sponsored by Artist Exposure Gallery at Howland Street in Plymouth, can be viewed at The exhibit will then travel to the Groton Boarding School Gallery, 282 Farmers Row in Groton, Massachusetts in January and March 2014, and at Great Ponds Gallery at Lakeville Public Library, Four Precinct Street in Lakeville, Massachusetts during February 2014.

Having grown up in rural Alabama and Georgia, Person’s themes of faith, family and following one’s dream are central to his soulful artistry. “This exhibit is very personal to me because no matter how far one goes in life, it’s always about staying grounded,” he shares. “I’ve learned that you have to go through things to get through things. The images in Staying Grounded reflect that.”

A sampling of the collection includes “Georgia Gold”: a plethora of cotton plants; “Protection”: an ancient tree overshadowing a dilapidated home in rural Georgia; “Commerce”: an engraving on the wall of the Old Slave Mart Museum in Charleston, SC; and “Tuskegee Airmen”: the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces, now in their 90s.

Person is most drawn to photographing “scapes” – land, sea and city – although fashion, celebrity and music are frequent subjects of his images, as well. His photos have been described as simplistic, pure and emotive of spirit; and his style has been compared to Ansel Adams. “As a photojournalist, I feel an imperative to extrapolate and capture slices of life through the prism of the heart. I am a vessel, with Spirit and the wisdom of my ancestors moving through me.”

Person is also a publicist, music promoter, artist manager, event planner and author/publishing consultant. As founder of Middleman Productions, he humbly offers his passion, insight and talents as a music promoter, artist manager event planner and consultant to “help other artists achieve success.” Mark is the creative director, producer and host of Person 2 Person TV show (visit to learn more).

Mark can be reached at 774.487.1427, Mark(at)dreamproducer(dot)com or at

To schedule an interview or to request “Staying Grounded” at your venue, contact Mark Person at 774.487.1427 or Mark(at)dreamproducer(dot)com.

Watch a video of Mark Person speaking about the “Staying Grounded” exhibit: .

“Icons of the Civil Rights Movement” Honors Martyrs of the Movement; Exhibit Now on Display at Zion Union Heritage Museum in Hyannis

Middleman Productions describes the artwork as “spiritual, captivating and haunting” in style and tone.

Hyannis, MA (PRWEB) February 27, 2013

Middleman Productions announces that the thought-provoking exhibit, Icons of the Civil Rights Movement, is now on display at Zion Union Heritage Museum in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

Martin Luther King. Rosa Parks. Emmett Till. The Freedom Riders. Reverend James Reeb. These and dozens of other activists who gave their passion and their lives for the Civil Rights Movement are immortalized by artist Pamela Chatterton-Purdy of Harwich Port, Massachusetts in the Icons of the Civil Rights Movement exhibit

Artist Pamela Chatterton-Purdy with Little Rock 9, one of the Icons in the series.

With 26 pieces in total, Icons of the Civil Rights Movement depicts persons and events that were crucial to this transformative period in American history. Each Icon is represented in gold leaf on wood panel to suggest the sacred nature of the movement and the sacrifices made by so many in the cause of social justice. Pamela uses found objects, oil painted collage papers, locks, keys and chains, and other objects that best symbolize the person or event represented.

The Icons have been exhibited at more than 25 colleges and universities, galleries, libraries and churches in the US Northeast and Eastern Shore, including Boston University, the State House in Boston and the Methodist Center in Washington, DC for the first inauguration of President Barack Obama. When the show is not traveling, it is on display at Zion Union Heritage Museum in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

“The series emerged out of my own concerns during the Civil Rights era when my husband, David, and I were first married and living in Chicago in the early 1960s,” Pamela comments. “I was hired as an art director by John Johnson, publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines, and was one of two whites working in a company of 150 employees. So many events were happening at the time: the murder of Medgar Evers, the March on Washington, the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist in Birmingham, and the assassination of President John Kennedy. I couldn’t help but get involved in the Civil Rights Movement in some way.”

Pamela and David, a Methodist minister, raised a family of four children: two biological daughters and two adopted sons (one African-American, the other Vietnamese/African-American). Over the years, they experienced the sting of racism. Along with this personal history and having taught art in colleges and public schools, Pamela decided to put her passion about the Civil Rights Movement into her art.

This decision gelled after a trip in 2004 to pivotal places and meeting heroic figures of the Civil Rights Movement. Pamela completed the first 16 of the series in time for the 40th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination in 2008. Originally 16 Icons comprised the first exhibit, but as Pamela and her husband became immersed in research about the era, she discovered more and more individuals who deserved to be honored. The Icons collection has grown to its current 26.

Public response to the Icons has been encouraging, with reviewers commenting: “It is an amazing, moving history in art and narrative about the Civil Rights Movement,” “This exhibit will touch you to the depths of your soul,” and “This socially conscious artist is so impassioned about her work, you could say that racism gets under her skin.”
A full-color, coffee-table-style book of the same name is also available for purchase for $29.95 plus tax and shipping. The book is available through or on the artist’s website,

If you would like the exhibit to travel to your locale, contact Mark Person, Middleman Productions at 774.487.1427 or
Pamela is also available for commissioned work. To learn more, visit

About Middleman Productions: 
Mark Person, founder of Middleman Productions, is a publicist, photojournalist, music promoter, artist manager, event planner and author/publishing consultant. The company’s focus is on “artists helping other artists” achieve success. To learn more, visit, where “everyone has a story to tell.”
Pamela Chatterton-Purdy is available for media interviews. To schedule an interview, contact Mark Person at 774.487.1427 or Mark(at)dreamproducer(dot)com
E-photos of Pamela, the Icons and her other work are also available.

From the Heart and Soul: Tribute concert to Sandy Turner is a personal dedication

Written by Pru Sowers | Provincetown Banner | June 7, 2012 | Printable Version: click here to download

Mark Person can still recall the day he met Sandy Turner 28 years ago. Both were living in Columbus, Ga., and it was an unusual pairing. Person was a 20-yearold African-American man attending college. Turner was white, slightly older and working as an Army secretary stationed at nearby Fort Benning.

But they hit it off. And when Turner moved to Provincetown about two years later, she invited Person to come up for a visit. That trip changed his life. He ended up moving to Provincetown and a short time later began dating Turner, eventually moving in with her. She helped him find his place in town — including various jobs such as coaching basketball at Provincetown High School for five years.“Everyone was so good to me in Provincetown. And Sandy really helped me. Even after we stopped living together, we always were very good friends. Once she loved you, she loved you. She was such a special person,” Person said.

While the two gradually went their separate ways — Person eventually into music production and Turner rising to become assistant director of the Provincetown Dept. of Public Works — that affection remained. They reconnected recently and had dinner at Napi’s, where he gave her a CD of a musician he manages, Gary Foote.

“She loved the music,” Person remembered. “She especially loved track 3, ‘Real Life.’”

Ten days later, Turner was dead, the result of unexpected complications following hip surgery. Person is having a hard time wrapping his head around the loss of his friend. So he decided to dedicate a night of music to Turner and her family, coming full circle, he said, by connecting the past to the present.

The concert will feature Foote, a composer, producer and bass player, and four other accomplished musicians who appear on his album, “HarlemWorks.” One of them is his wife, Jenny Douglas, a singer who has worked with a plethora of artists from very diverse music genres, including Pink, Cher, Janet Jackson, Mick Jagger, as well as singing back-up for Lenny Kravitz when he opened for U2 before a crowd of over 60,000 in San Francisco. Douglas has also provided back-up vocals for Elton John, Tina Turner, Madonna and Snoop Dog and has performed steadily with Toto since 1990. Foote has a similarly impressive resume. In addition to backing up iconic artists such as Smokey Robinson, Billy Cobham, Maxwell, Wu Tang and Blood, Sweat and Tears, Foote has worked behind the scenes scoring films and TV commercials. His style on “Harlem- Works” is a combination of funk, jazz and R&B. The tribute concert, at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Provincetown Town Hall, promises to be a mix of cultures, just like Provincetown itself, Person said.

“There’s going to be that Motown feel. But they’re going to play [George] Gershwin. They’re going to play Herbie Hancock. Gary will play four or five songs from his CD. He’s composing this show specifically for Provincetown,” he said. Turner’s family is expected to attend the performance. The pallbearers at her funeral will be ushers at the show, Person said. And a plaque in memory of Turner, “from all who loved her,” as it will state, will be presented to the family at the beginning of the show. It is slated to be installed on one of the Town Hall benches.

“The town has been so wonderful,” Person said. “David Gardner, Sharon Lynn, Darlene Van Alstyne in licensing. They’ve all been so helpful. I want the show to be very elegant and nice. I want everyone to feel they’re coming to Sandy’s home.”

Accompanying Foote on June 9 will be Argentinian pianist Dareo Boente, Ken Gioffre on saxophone and Tony Lewis on drums. Tickets are $32 and can be purchased at

What: HarlemWorks tribute concert to Sandy Turner
Where: Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial St.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 9
Tickets: $32 at