In 2012, British photographer Mark Power embarked on an ambition journey: Good Morning America, a visual narrative of the United States, spanning over five books and ten years. One way to undertake such a project would be to follow thematic or geographica
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
Photographer Mark Power has spent nearly a decade documenting the seismic social and political changes in the country.
"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
“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”.
In Good Morning, America, Mark Power offers a wake-up call to a country that has grown more divided
In “Good Morning, America,” published by GOST Books, Power offers a view, somewhat pessimistic, of a country he has found deeply divided as far back as the 1980s, when he made his first visit. “Its problems seemed then (and still do, only worse) to be so vast, so deep-rooted, like an enormous ball of twine that is slowly unraveling and impossible to stop,” he told In Sight. His photos, taken during various trips in America since 2012, highlight the incongruity of a country that stands at the top of the economic chain while also being home to increasingly larger pockets of inequalities.
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.
Magnum Blog / The Sound of Two Songs
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In late September I made my latest visit to Poland, to finally bring some closure to ‘The Sound of Two Songs’, which began way back in 2004. These are some of those recent pictures.