Mass by Mark Power. First edition (2013). First impression. Large format hardback in new condition. Edition of 750 copies. Signed and numbered (708/750) by Mark Power to copyright page. No markings. This is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
MASS began while the Power family were living in Krakow during the autumn and winter of 2010-11. I wanted to make a new body of work in Poland, in the wake of The Sound of Two Songs, but with a more specific (and intimate) subject matter.
I was drawn to a religious theme in spite of – or more likely because of – being a lapsed Catholic. Finally completing the work in late 2012, MASS seeks to investigate the phenomenon of the Polish Catholic church and an intensity of faith which appears to cross borders of both class and age… often in settings of spectacular beauty.
Photographed from the ‘Organista’ (the raised area at the back of the church where the organist sits) during busy services, each ‘Mass’ image is paired with a close-up of a ‘slot’ found in the same church, into which the congregation are encouraged to put what little money they might have.
Mark Power was born in 1959 in Harpenden, UK. He now lives in Brighton, UK.
‘As a child, he discovered his father’s home-made enlarger in the family attic. A contraption consisting of an upturned flowerpot, a light bulb and a simple camera lens. His interest in photography probably began at this moment, although he later went to art college to study life-drawing and painting instead.
After graduating, he travelled for two years around South-East Asia and Australia. To support himself Power tried a number of jobs (he was an English teacher, a television actor and a fish farm attendant, he painted cinema murals, produced large numbers of identical paintings for others to sell as their own, and ended up running the camera department of a large chemist). While travelling, Power began to realise he enjoyed using a camera more than a pencil. He decided to ‘become a photographer’ on his return to England two years later.’
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