MARK POWER: "ASSEMBLING THE JIGSAW PUZZLE: BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL LONG-TERM PROJECT"

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ONLINE MASTERCLASS WITH MARK POWER
“ASSEMBLING THE JIGSAW PUZZLE: BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL LONG-TERM PROJECT” MARCH 26 – MAY 7, 2021


This masterclass is aimed at those who already have a project in progress (even if you’re only at the very beginning) and are wanting advice on expanding the work and ultimately putting it out into the world. It’s important that participants are able to continue to make new work throughout the course, and therefore it needs to be a project you’re making locally, especially during these times when travel is difficult.

It’s been a long-held belief of mine that amassing pictures is the easiest part of the photographic process, and that editing, sequencing, and really understanding what you’re trying to say are all more difficult. Participants will begin by speaking to the rest of the group about their own practice and, more specifically, one on-going project. It’s these individual ideas that the workshop will focus on. We’ll also be constantly looking at photobooks from my own hoard of almost 4,000 titles (I’m afraid I’ve been an obsessional photobook collector for more years than I care to remember!). I’ll select books that I think are of particular relevance to each student.

In addition I’ll be presenting four lectures – one kicking off every other session – in which I’ll talk in detail about a number of long-term projects I’ve made myself over the years. I’ll cover the development of ideas, the logistics in making the pictures (including the problems), editing and sequencing, and finally book publishing and/or exhibiting the finished work. 

I’ll be drawing on my experience of 25 years teaching photography at the University of Brighton (I left four years ago, but I feel re-energised as a result) to run a course in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. It would be my hope and intention that all participants would have moved their individual projects forward to a healthier place by the end of the workshop.

– Mark Power


SCHEDULE: Meets Fridays online from 4-7pm (London), 11-2pm (New York), 8am-11am (Los Angeles) on the following days: March 26, April 2, 9, 16 & 23 + an individual 1:1 meeting (30 minutes) to be scheduled on April 30 (Group A) or May 7 (Group B). A list of materials to prepare, upload portfolio page links & Zoom classroom logins will be provided a week before the start of class.


Cover image: © Mark Power, Cherokee Trading Post, Bridgeport, Oklahoma. 01.2015

© Mark Power, Pearsall, Texas. 01.2018

© Mark Power, Touchet, Washington, 02.2019

© Mark Power, WARSZAWA 04/2005

© Mark Power, TAKOKA TOWN (Cherry Blossom #1) 03/04/2000

ABOUT MARK POWER


Mark Power (b.1959) studied painting at Brighton Polytechnic but turned to photography soon afterwards. His work has been seen in numerous galleries and museums across the world and is held in several collections, including the British Council, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Milwaukee Art Museum. Mark Power’s complex, meticulously crafted images (usually made with a large-format camera) have earned him a reputation as one of the forerunners of British photography. Known for his seminal work exploring the far-flung locations esoterically described in the BBC’s iconic Shipping Forecast, Power has adeptly expressed the peculiarities of social culture in places as varied as Britain, Poland and the United States. Power joined Magnum Photos as a Nominee in 2002, and became a full Member in 2007. Between 1992 and 2017 he was Professor of Photography at the University of Brighton, a city on the south coast of England where he also lives. Among other things his latest long term project Good Morning America – began in 2012 and ongoing – is set in the United States and investigates, through a sequence of landscapes, a nation in flux; it will ultimately be published as a series of five books, with Volume Three published in 2021 being his 12th book to date. Of his process Mark Power has said “I keep a physical and metaphorical distance between myself and the subject, yet I remain deeply connected. One might call it an intimate distance.”

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