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Mark Power

As a child, Mark Power discovered his father’s homemade 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 moment, though he later went to art college to study life-drawing and painting instead. After graduating in 1981, he travelled for two years around South-East Asia and Australia.

Upon returning to England in 1983, he decided to ‘become a photographer’. He 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 that now sit comfortably alongside a number of large-scale commissions in the industrial sector.

For many years his work has been seen in numerous galleries and museums around the world and is in several important collections, both public and private, including the Arts Council of England, the British Council, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Power joined Magnum Photos as a Nominee in 2002 and became a full Member in 2007. Meanwhile, in his other life, he is Visiting Professor of Photography at the University of Brighton, a city on England’s south coast where he lives with his partner Jo, their children Chilli and Milligan and their dog Kodak.