|From The Sound of Two Songs exhibition in Bradford|
Bookmaking is one of Power’s significant interests: he first became prominent with the Shipping Forecast, and has continued to produce very well-received books regularly since then. there is much for me to learn from each book (lots of interesting playing with the book form as well as really thoughtful sequencing). I own some of his books, which is great, but Power’s website - http://www.markpower.co.uk/ contains folders for each project http://www.markpower.co.uk/Projects and includes also pdf versions of all the book essays. http://www.markpower.co.uk/Essays The essays include some additional material also – I have found his professorial lecture of November 2005 http://www.markpower.co.uk/media/pdf/Between%20Something%20and%20Nothing.pdf a really useful pulling together of themes and interests.
Power is also a very able and thought-provoking film-maker. His films are available on Vimeo. http://vimeo.com/user4149011
I saw his exhibition A Sound of Two Songs in Bradford in March 2012: here are my reflections on that exhibition for ease of reference http://www.eileen-rafferty.com/2012/03/sounds-of-two-songs-mark-power.html
Some additional online sources that I have found helpful (his recent work with Multistory particularly appeals to me).
He is of course a member of Magnum Photos.
Here are some book references:-
• Westminster Childrens Hospital. Photographers Gallery catalogue, 1988.
• The Shipping Forecast. Zelda Cheatle Press/Network, 1996.
• ISBN 1-899823-02-6
• Superstructure. Harper Collins Illustrated, 2000. ISBN 978-0-002-20205-3
• The Treasury Project. Photoworks, 2002. Edition of 1500, of which only 500 were
made available for public sale. ISBN 978-1-903-79605-4
• 26 Different Endings. Photoworks, 2007. Edition of 1000.
• ISBN 978-1-903-79621-4
• Signes. Gulbenkian Foundation exhibition catalogue, 2008.
• ISBN 978-9-728-46246-8
• The Sound of Two Songs. Photoworks, 2010. Edition of 2000.
• ISBN 978-1-903-79639-9
• MASS. Gost, 2013. Edition of 750. ISBN 978-0-957-42721-1
• Swap Shop - Postcards from America IV: Florida. London: Magnet Publishing,
|Fellow student Amano at the Bradford exhibition|
So, much to do and reflect on! Assignment five will be my last assignment on this course, and for it I am required to make work in the style of Mark Power. I want to be at least thinking about that as I work through the essay. I have a number of ideas that I am considering for new work and projects, but one idea keeps coming into mind increasingly insistently. this relates to a project I’ve already begun as part of my Bognor explorations, but not yet shared, exploring new estates being built on the edges of Bognor. I’ve already begun this exploration as the new estates fascinate me, for a range of reasons. I began it during the module (summer last year) but before I started the essay, and so I need to check that it could be incorporated into the final project. In many ways it relates to some of Power’s themes very well. I have more work to make before I finish this, and in addition some considerable thought to give to editing and presentation. Power has said that he advises students to spend as much time as they can on editing. For the Shipping Forecast he had something like 6000 pictures to edit into a final set of sixty and I imagine the task for the Sound of Two Songs was if anything larger. So editing and final presentation is a significant part of his output and to that extent I think some work with existing images fits entirely into consideration of his work. I’ve been planning to start work on the new estate as my next major processing exercise and hope to share some of the work and some initial thinking on it over the next few weeks.