British photographer Mark Power has spent the last eight years roaming the backwaters of the United States. The decision was inspired by the American television he consumed as a child; particularly the US Westerns brought to life by the likes of John Wayn
"From there it is all ticker tape and pumpkin pie. From the position in front of its double, it’s the smell of Baltimore’s burning brownstone wires and antiseptic hand sanitizer ironically left on the church pew".
“That is no longer conside
The first time, he was on vacation with his girlfriend. Mark Power discovered Poland as a tourist without ever imagining that after a tumultuous year, he would return here 25 times. It is 1989. He just entered stardom with his iconic pictures of the fall of the Berlin Wall, making him an expert on eastern Europe for his native British newspapers.
This month Magnum Photos releases Georgian Spring: A Magnum Journal, a group project for which ten photographers—Thomas Dworzak, Martine Franck, Mark Power, Alex Majoli, Martin Parr, Alec Soth, Jonas Bendiksen, Antoine D’Agata, Gueorgui Pinkhassov and Paolo Pellegrin—traveled to the Eastern European country to document the contemporary culture and national identity. The book is curated and published by Chris Boot, a former Magnum director in London.