Join us at the Magnum Gallery on December 8 for the official launch of the re-edition of Mark Power’s seminal photobook, The Shipping Forecast, published by GOST.
At 6:30 p.m. Mark Power will give a 45-minute presentation on his new book, followed by a signing and celebratory drinks. The book will be available to view and purchase for the first time at this event.
To book a ticket for the talk, please sign up here.
The Shipping Forecast, originally published in 1996, is Mark Power’s illustration of the UK’s Shipping Forecast, broadcast four times a day on BBC Radio 4. Beyond its useful and (at times life-saving)use to mariners it is also listened to by millions of people who tune in across the UK. The forecast covers the waters of Western Europe and separates them into 31 sea areas encompassing the UK, from Dover to Southeast Iceland to German Bight— of which Power photographed all of them, over a period of four years. Each image is captioned with the 0600hr forecast on the day they were taken. This newly edited and revised second edition includes over 100 previously unpublished images.
‘The shipping forecast, of course, exists to save lives. It warns those at sea, or about to put to sea, of approaching storms. But for the majority of us, in Britain at least, its strange, rhythmic language is unashamedly romantic and oddly reassuring, despite forming an image of an island nation perpetually buffeted by wind and waves. It manages to do all this while remaining virtually incomprehensible.’