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In 2012 British photographer Mark Power embarked on a long-term photographic survey of America, due to be completed in 2022. “I have a sense that I’m building an enormous jigsaw puzzle but with little idea what the final, completed picture will be,” he says. “The pictures are made during long walks through a series of towns and cities, which allows quieter, perhaps more contemplative images to emerge. I’m attempting to construct a complex narrative, but I don’t think of myself as a storyteller. I see a multitude of subjects as interconnected, each affecting and informing the other.”

I keep a physical and metaphorical distance between myself and the subject

Mark Power
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Mark Power’s complex, meticulously crafted images – usually made with a large format camera – have earned him a reputation as one of the forerunners of British photography. Power’s interest in photography began as a child, when he discovered his father’s rudimentary enlarger made out of an upturned flower pot, a domestic light bulb and a simple camera lens.He went to art school, a foundation course at Loughborough College of Art (1977-78) followed by a BA in Fine Art at Brighton Polytechnic (1978-81), specialising in painting and drawing in the landscape and liferoom. He turned to photography in 1983, following a two-year trip exploring South-East Asia and Australia.Known for his seminal work exploring the far-flung locations esoterically described in the BBC’s iconic Shipping Forecast, Power has adeptly expressed the peculiarities of social culture in places as varied as Britain, Poland and America. Power lives in Brighton, on the south coast of England. He joined Magnum Photos as a Nominee in 2002, and became a full Member in 2007.
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