The Sound of two songs : Poland 2004-2009 (Signed)

Mark Power,The Sound of two songs : Poland 2004-2009 (Signed)

Mark Power
The Sound of two songs : Poland 2004-2009 (Signed)

Photographs: Mark Power

Text: Gerry Badger

Publisher: Photoworks

167 pages

Year: 2010

Comments: Tissue Hardcover. 315 x 255 mm. Text in english and polish. First edition, 2010. Limited edition of 2000 copies. Copy signed by Mark Power. With a text by Gerry Badger, co-author with Martin Parr of The Photobook: A History. Scarce in very good condition.

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This book is the evidence of a love affair, but a relationship that offers no logical explanation. I have no familial ties with Poland, no personal history I needed to explore or resolve. And yet I felt compelled to return again and again. Why should that be? I know that photography has a long and not particularly edifying history of chasing the exotic, but I am equally suspicious of those who claim to be able to make more sense of a foreing country simply by spending a lot of time there. Yet for me Poland is exotic. I am at once troublet and excited by this ; to see a place in this way is contrary to everything I would normally aspire to in a photographic project. And what is the point? Can someone from elsewhere tell someone from here anything about their homeland that they don't already know?

Poland is a beautiful country. Poland is an ugly country. And, just as its ugliness can be profoundly beautiful, so its beauty, or that which we migh be encouraged to appreciate as such, can be downright unsightly. Poland is a land bursting with visual contradictions. It's like listening to several melodies at once, to the point where it is impossible to hear anything clearly. I believe the musical term for this is contrapuntal. The results are oddly compelling. Mark Power


Mark Power,The Sound of two songs : Poland 2004-2009 (Signed)

Mark Power,The Sound of two songs : Poland 2004-2009 (Signed)

Mark Power,The Sound of two songs : Poland 2004-2009 (Signed)

Mark Power,The Sound of two songs : Poland 2004-2009 (Signed)

Mark Power,The Sound of two songs : Poland 2004-2009 (Signed)

Mark Power,The Sound of two songs : Poland 2004-2009 (Signed)

Mark Power,The Sound of two songs : Poland 2004-2009 (Signed)

Mark Power,The Sound of two songs : Poland 2004-2009 (Signed)

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