Mark Power - The Sound of Two Songs (Signed)

  • Published by Photoworks, in association with Photomonth Krakow, 2010
  • Designed by Stuart Smith
  • Hardback with screen-printed cloth
  • 250mm x 310mm

Power became transfixed whilst making a one-month project for a 2004 Magnum commission, afterwards realising his initial investigations only scraped the surface of a country approximately the same physical size as the other nine new EU members added together. Consequently, he made approximately twenty further visits over the next five years.

The book moves effortlessly between images of the urban and the rural, the old and the new, setting the crumbling inner city housing estates of the communist era against the new developments of colourful apartments and gleaming shopping centres. Power's project also explores the effect of global capitalism on the Polish landscape with advertising hoardings dominating the cityscape, setting a sharp contrast between the decay and aspiration of the country.

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