The Sound of Two Songs by Mark Power is the result of the artist’s ‘love affair’ with Poland. Power became transfixed by Poland whilst making a one-month project in the country for a 2004 Magnum commission, but he believed his initial investigations only scraped the surface of a country approximately the same physical size as the other nine new EU members added together. Consequently, he made approximately twenty further visits over five years. The archive now consists of 2000 large format, 5x4 negatives. The result is a beautiful series of photographs, eloquently describing the changing social values of a country caught between the past, the present and the future, both in terms of attitudes and of the contradictions in its landscape. As Power says, ‘Poland is a beautiful country. Poland is an ugly country.’
This beautiful book moves effortlessly between images of the urban and the rural, the old and the new, setting the crumbling inner city housing estates of the communist era against the new developments of colourful apartments and gleaming shopping centres. Power’s project also explores the effect of global capitalism on the Polish landscape with advertising hoardings dominating the cityscape, setting a sharp contrast between the decay and aspiration of the country.
*All copies purchased from this website are signed first editions.
MASS, the new book by Mark Power, examines the dominance and influence of the Catholic church in Poland.
While living in Poland during the autumn and winter of 2010/11 Power sought permission to photograph over fifty Catholic church services in the southern city of Krakow. Power, a lapsed Catholic, had already become fascinated by the great numbers attending Mass each day and by the intensity of faith on display, appearing to cross borders of class and age, often in settings of spectacular beauty.
Power photographed each Mass from the 'choir' high up at the back of the church, using long exposures of between one and twenty seconds, depending on the available light. Remembering, from childhood, that there were three points during a service when the congregation remains still for any length of time, he learnt to follow the service in Polish and anticipate when these precious moments would occur.
In the book, each portrait of a ‘Mass’ (of which there are 18) is paired with a close-up of a collection slot. The congregation is encouraged to donate what money they can. Power notes: ‘These [slots] act as a counterpoint to the beauty and celebratory grandeur of the interiors. There is much debate in Poland about the power and wealth of the church, perhaps most specifically in Krakow, and this was something I wanted to investigate and allude to. But what started out as a tirade against Catholicism soon turned to envy, both for the palpable sense of community and for a belief that I saw, understood, but simply couldn't reach'.
Mark Power's latest monograph, 26 Different Endings contains 26 photographs made from the edge of the London A-Z atlas, together with an autobiographical essay by David Chandler. Signed by Mark Power. (Edition of 1000)
Presented in a beautiful clamshell box, each of the edition of 26 will include (along with a copy of 26 Different Endings) a different 14" x 11" c-type print, signed and numbered 1/1. For instance, by ordering 'J' you get a book in a box embossed with the letter 'J' together with a print of that specific picture. Only one copy of each letter will be available.
This special edition is only available through this website.
First edition (1700 printed) of Mark Power's first book, with photographs from the 31 sea areas featured in the shipping forecast, broadcast four times daily on BBC radio. With an introductory essay by David Chandler. Signed by Mark Power.
Third edition of Mark Power's first book, with photographs from the 31 sea areas featured in the shipping forecast, broadcast four times daily on BBC radio. With an introductory essay by David Chandler. Signed by Mark Power.
Mark Power's record of the transformation of the government Treasury building on Whitehall, London. An edition of 1500, of which only 500 were made available for public sale, The Treasury Project features in Martin Parr's and Gerry Badger's The Photobook: A History (Volume II). Signed by Mark Power.
Special edition of Mark Power's record of the transformation of the government Treasury building on Whitehall, London. An edition of 50 in a black, embossed box, with a 12" x 9.5" c-type print, signed and numbered /50. (The print is no.35 in the Treasury Project gallery, which can be found in 'Archive'). The Treasury Project features in Martin Parr's and Gerry Badger's The Photobook: A History (Volume II).
Mark Power made over one hundred visits to the site of the much-maligned Millennium Dome to document the transformation from toxic wasteland to architectural icon. With an essay by David Chandler. Signed by Mark Power.
Catalogue by five photographers (Robert van der Hilst, Stephane Duroy, Anders Petersen, Gerard Rondeau and Mark Power) as part of the on-going European Eyes on Japan programme. Signed by Mark Power.
Catalogue from the Rijksmuseum exhibition featuring commissioned work about the Netherlands from three photographers, Eva Leitolf and Stephan Vanfleteren and Mark Power, each from a neighbouring country of the Netherlands - Germany, Belgium and Britain. Signed by Mark Power.
Catalogue by three photographers (Jose M. Rodrigues, Paulo Catrica and Mark Power) from a commission to photograph the work of the Fundacao Eugenio da Almeida, a humanitarian organisation based in Evora, Portugal. Essay by Jorge Calado. Signed by Mark Power.