ritish artist and photographer Marcus Lyon has been in the South Bay with his team, Camila Pastorelli, and Joe Briggs-Price, working on the next edition of A Human Atlas. The previous project includes Somos Brasil (2016), WE: deutschland (2018), and i.Detroit (2020), with this next version, titled De.Coded (launching 2023). This edition will explore 101 remarkable change-makers of Silicon Valley. Each regionally focused volume is more than the stunning colorful images; there is an interactive mobile app that activates audio recording of the person’s oral histories when hovered over the portraits. In addition, the ancestral DNA of each person to map their history and human history of the city to create a deeper understanding of the city- to mirror society. 

In our conversation with Marcus, we talk about his inspiration for the project, his life, his approach to photography, and how his life’s work to tell more profound stories through photography has led him to our neighborhood. 

Find out more about Marcus, and purchase books through Marcus’ website, Marcus Lyon and Instagram: marcus_lyon  

Human Altas Crew:
Joe Briggs-Price IG:  joebriggsprice 
Camila Pastorelli IG: camila_pastorelli 

View the Human Atlas Project and access all the images and data at ahumanatlas.com and instagram ahumanatlas

Funding for De:Coded is provided by the David & Lucile Packard Foundation. Nomination & fiscal support are provided by the American Leadership Forum (ALF). 


Marcus Lyon (b.1965) is a British artist. He was born and raised in rural England and studied Political Science at University. Commissioned and exhibited globally, his works are held in both private and international collections, including the Detroit Institute of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Arts Council Collection (UK) and the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Washington DC. The 21st century saw his work move beyond traditional forms as he began to incorporate sound & science into his practice. He has created extensive bodies of work on dance, identity & globalization. Outside the art world, Lyon is a determined social entrepreneur: A TED speaker, he currently serves as a Board Director of Somerset House and Leader’s Quest and supporting BLESMA and Home-Start UK as an Ambassador. 


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