Photographer Mark Power, a member of the famous Magnum cooperative, has an international following for his photographic work.
His publications and exhibitions are the results of meticulous visual research investigations. He has used innovative exhibition formats, mixing sound installations and short films with his large format photographs. His projects have covered revised notions of beauty in a context of urban austerity, the aesthetics of documentation through architectural processes of demolition and construction, the emerging cultures of Eastern Europe and the margins of the London urban development.
He works across the photography programme at Brighton.
As a child Mark Power discovered his father’s home-made enlarger in the family attic, a contraption consisting of an upturned flowerpot, a domestic lightbulb and a simple camera lens. His interest in photography probably began at this moment, although he later chose to do illustration – specialising in life drawing and painting - instead. He (somewhat accidentally) ‘became a photographer’ in 1983, working in the editorial and charity markets for nearly ten years, before he began teaching in 1992. This coincided with a shift towards long-term, self initiated projects which now sit comfortably alongside a number of large-scale commissions in the industrial sector.For many years his work has been seen in numerous galleries and museums across the world, and is in several important collections, both public and private.
To date Power has published six books: The Shipping Forecast (1996), a poetic response to the esoteric language of daily maritime weather reports; Superstructure (2000), a documentation of the construction of London's Millennium Dome; The Treasury Project (2002), about the restoration of a nineteenth-century historical monument: 26 Different Endings (2007), which depicts those landscapes unlucky enough to fall just off the edge of the London A-Z, a map which could be said to define the boundaries of the British capital; The Sound of Two Songs (2010), the culmination of his five year project set in contemporary Poland following her accession to the European Union; Mass (2013), an investigation into the power and wealth of the Polish Catholic church; and Die Mauer ist Weg! (2014), about chance and choice when confronted, accidentally, with a major news event - in this case the fall of the Berlin Wall.
In 2007 he tried his hand at curating. Theatres of War featured the work of five artists whose work is concerned with contemporary conflict and surveillance. It opened, appropriately, at Oskar Schindler's former enamel factory as the keynote exhibition of Krakow Photomonth, Poland.
Mark Power joined Magnum Photos as a Nominee in 2002, became an Associate in 2005, and a full Member in 2007. He lives in Brighton with his partner Jo and their children Chilli (b.1998) and Milligan (b.2002).
Power's book The Sound of Two Songs - Melodia Dwóch Pieśni can be found in the University of Brighton online shop.
Mark Power was approached by the architects Foster and Partners to photograph the refurbishment of HM Treasury building in London’s Whitehall
Who decides where the London A-Z should end? Mark Power's photographs describe something of the spaces unlucky enough to fall just off the map.
Power’s research in Poland evolved into something approaching a survey, in the manner of the Nineteenth century American photographers of the new West
Power, Mark (2012) Black Country stories [Exhibition]
Power, Mark (2010) The Sound of Two Songs Photoworks in an edition of 2000, Uk. ISBN 978-1-903796-39-9
Power, Mark (2007) Image d'apres La Cinemateque, Paris, France, Paris, France.
Power, Mark (2005) A System of Edges University of Brighton Gallery, Brighton, UK.
Power, Mark (2005) Eurovisions Centre Pompidou, Paris, Paris, France.
Power, Mark (2002) The Treasury Project Photoworks. ISBN 1-903796-05-9
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