Pieros and Maziarz collaborate and create ‘Park City: A Portrait’
There aren’t many photographers whose different styles mesh well enough to collaborate on a single photography book, but Park City-based photographers Rick Pieros and Mark Maziarz proved it can happen.
They collaborated on the new "Park City: A Portrait," which will be released this Thanksgiving weekend.
The photographers, who have more than 45 years of experience between them, have wanted to create the coffee table book for a while
"For the past few years, Rick and I would see each other at different arts events like the Park Silly Sunday Market and we just started talking about the business," Maziarz said during a joint interview with Pieros at The Park Record. "Rick approached me in early spring about doing the book."
Pieros said he liked Maziarz’s style.
"He has a way of seeing and approaching photography in a way that I don’t," Pieros said. "I mean, if you’re going to do a coffee table book about Park City, you need some shots of people skiing and I don’t shoot skiing stuff. You will also need concert shots and I don’t shoot the concerts."
dovetailing their styles and subjects, Pieros and Maziarz feel the book gives a complete portrait of their mountain town.
"We wanted to include all the things that make Park City great," Pieros said. "You get all the seasons, all the events and the open space, trails, the architecture and historic stuff."
The book started off as a simple project.
"We had a couple of meetings early on and picked our 200 to 300 favorite photos," Maziarz said. "Then we’d sit at the computer and went through them, with the intention of nixing some of our shots."
However, the photographers nixed only a few.
"Trying to decide which photos to use was probably the most difficult part, because we would have multiple shots of a barn and the Fourth of July celebration on Main Street," Pieros said.
Both narrowed their selections down to 150 each and although the winnowing process was hard, it was a fun experience, Pieros said.
"I enjoyed working with someone else and seeing their photography," he said. "Mark has some great street scenes. He has a good eye at photographing crowds, and that’s difficult because crowds are fluid. I don’t have that skill set."
Maziarz enjoyed seeing Pieros’ landscape works, and especially liked how Pieros was able to capture some great aspen groves.
"I always like to try taking these shots because I love aspen," Maziarz said. "There are many photos in the book that Rick took that I could never do. The lighting is so awesome. It’s soft when it comes in, but still makes the color pop."
To add dimension, the photographers recruited some local personalities to write short essays.
The writers include author Pam Houston, who wrote the foreword, Park City Museum Executive Director Sandra Morrison, Kimball Art Center Executive Director Robin Marrouche and Charlie Sturgis, executive director of Mountain Trails, to name a few.
"The photography covered all the things that make Park City great and we wanted to have voices from different organizations that we also felt are trying to make Park City great," Pieros said. "We tried to identify these voices and let them shine through, because they all have their own unique way of seeing Park City."
The essays make the book more appealing, Maziarz said.
"We knew we wanted the book to pique the interest of as many people as possible," Maziarz said. "The inclusion of the essays gives the book more depth."
Getting the book from concept to print was a rewarding and difficult journey.
"We had to get the essays, our photos, the designer had to work with it and the printers had to work with it," Maziarz said.
The photographers are pleased with the result.
"We were working so hard off of PDFs for so long that when we finally got a finished copy, it was more substantial than what we were used to seeing on a computer screen," Maziarz said. "It was exciting to me and helped me realized why we did this in the first place."
"It turned out better in all respects," he said.
"Park City: A Portrait," by Rick Pieros and Mark Maziarz, will be available at Dolly’s Bookstore, Right at Home, Atticus Coffee, Books and Teahouse, Silver Cricket Floral and the Swaner EcoCenter. Golden Braid, Kings English and Ken Sanders Books in Salt Lake City, will also carry it.
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“One of the underlined themes of these works is my hope that if people see all Black faces in ski gear, conceptually, it will trigger some thoughts so they will feel different the next time they get on the mountain and see a person of color skiing or snowboarding.”