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 pivotal moment, although he later chose to study painting and drawing instead. He ‘became a photographer’ (somewhat accidentally) in 1983, and worked in the editorial and charity markets for nearly ten years, before he began teaching in 1992 (Power is currently the Professor of Photography at the University of Brighton).
This move coincided with a shift towards long-term, self-initiated projects, which now sit comfortably alongside a number of large-scale commissions in the industrial sector.
Power’s work has been seen in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the world and is in several public and private collections. He has published six books: ‘The Shipping Forecast’ (1996), ‘Superstructure’ (2000), ‘The Treasury Project’ (2002), ‘26 Different Endings’ (2007), ‘The Sound of Two Songs’ (2010) and ‘Mass’ (2013).
Mark Power joined Magnum Photos in 2002.
“Now that everyone in the developed world seems to own some form of camera, a different space has opened for documentary photographers. It’s a space free from specific events, where there are different expectations, where it is first and foremost about ideas. Now we can all take pictures, with varying degrees of ability, it’s what we DO with our cameras that counts.”