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Appetite and GRAIN presents Photographers Talk by Mark Power

Appetite and GRAIN presents Photographers Talk by Mark Power
Power has been invited to respond to a new commission entitled ‘The City of Six Towns’.  He has been making work in Stoke-on-Trent throughout September and his new work will be exhibited in the public realm from November 2014 - February 2015 in Albion Square.

After graduating from Art School, Power went travelling to South-East Asia and Australia. To support himself he tried a number jobs along the way (he was an English teacher, a television actor and a fish farm attendant in Hong Kong; he painted cinema murals in Bangkok; produced large numbers of identical paintings for others to sell as their own in the Australian outback and ended up running the camera department of a large chemist in the Western Suburbs of Sydney).  While travelling Power began to realise he enjoyed using a camera more than a pencil and decided to 'become a photographer' on his return to England, two years later, in 1983.

He then worked in the editorial and charity markets for nearly ten years, before he began teaching in 1992. This coincided with a shift towards long-term, self initiated projects which now sit comfortably alongside a number of large-scale commissions.  For many years his work has been seen in numerous galleries and museums across the world, and is in several important collections, both public and private.

To date Power has published six books: The Shipping Forecast (1996), a poetic response to the esoteric language of daily maritime weather reports; Superstructure (2000), a documentation of the construction of London's Millennium Dome; The Treasury Project (2002), about the restoration of a nineteenth-century historical monument: 26 Different Endings (2007), which depicts those landscapes unlucky enough to fall just off the edge of the London A-Z, a map which could be said to define the boundaries of the British capital; The Sound of Two Songs (2010), the culmination of his five year project set in contemporary Poland following her accession to the European Union; and Mass (2013), an investigation into the power and wealth of the Polish Catholic church.
Power joined Magnum Photos as a Nominee in 2002 and became a full Member in 2007.  Recent celebrated projects include Peacehaven - Homes fit for Heroes (2014), a commission for Bruges Museum about shell-shock in the First World War; Postcards from America - Florida (2013) and Postcards from America - Milwaukee (2014), Power’s part in the photographer-initiated Magnum project about contemporary America; Open for Business (2013), another Magnum group project, this time about British manufacturing today, and Black Country Stories (2012), an investigation into the success of the beauty and sex industries in times of austerity.

In his talk Mark Power will present work from many of these projects and talk about his career as a photographer.

Commissioned by Appetite, Grain and Library of Birmingham.  Appetite is a Creative People and Places programme funded by Arts Council England. Appetite is led by the New Vic Theatre in partnership with B Arts, Brighter Futures, Partners in Creative Learning and Staffordshire University.