For centuries, Poland has been a bridge between the East and West. Over the past decade, it has developed into a modern, vibrant and progressive state, yet at the same time the remnants of communist era are still very visible. Its economy has slowly divided the country between nouveaux riches and the poor as seen through Mark Power’s series of portraits.


Now we can all take pictures, with varying degrees of ability, it's what we do with our cameras that counts.

Mark Power
© Mark Power | Magnum Photos

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 light bulb and a simple camera lens. His interest in photography probably began at this moment, though he later went to art college to study life-drawing and painting instead.

After graduating, he travelled for two years around South-East Asia and Australia. While travelling Power began to realise he enjoyed using a camera more than a pencil and decided to ‘become a photographer’ on his return to England, two years later, in 1983.

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, including the Arts Council of England, the British Council, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, and Marrakech Museum of Photography and Visual Art.

Mark Power joined Magnum Photos as a Nominee in 2002, and became a full Member in 2007. Meanwhile, in his other life, he is visiting Professor of Photography at the University of Brighton, a city on England’s south coast.

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