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Exhibition: Mark Power - “The Sound of Two Songs” and
“The Shipping Forecast”

Dates: January 26, 2011 – March 26, 2011

 

Amador Gallery is pleased to present the work of British photographer Mark Power, featuring works from his most recent project, The Sound of Two Songs (2004-2009) and his first published project, The Shipping Forecast (1993-1996).

The Sound of Two Songs is the result of the artist’s love affair with Poland, describing in photographic terms the changing social values of a country caught between the past, the present and the future, both in terms of attitude and of the contradictions found in its landscape. The series reflects both 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 colorful apartments and gleaming shopping centers.

Intangible and mysterious, familiar yet obscure, The Shipping Forecast is broadcast four times daily on BBC Radio 4 in the UK. For those at, or about to put to sea, the forecast may mean the difference between life and death. But for millions of landlubbing radio listeners, like Power, it is more than this; the enigmatic language has entered public consciousness, creating a landscape of the imagination and confirming romantic notions of Britain’s island status. Captioned by the 0600hrs forecast on the day they were taken, these photographs attempt to challenge our assumptions of these far-flung places.

Mark Power was born in 1959 in Harpenden, UK. He is a member of Magnum Photos and is a professor of photography at the University of Brighton, on England’s south coast. He has published five monographs: The Shipping Forecast (1996), a poetic response to the esoteric language of daily maritime weather reports; Superstructure (2000), a documentation of the construction of London’s Millennium Dome; The Treasury Project (2002), about the restoration of a nineteenth-century historical monument: 26 Different Endings (2007), which documents those landscapes unlucky enough to fall just off the edge of the London A-Z, a map which could be said to define the boundaries of the British capital; and The Sound of Two Songs (2010), the culmination of his five year project set in contemporary Poland.

Amador Gallery is located in the landmark Fuller Building at 41 East 57th Street on the 6th floor. Gallery hours are 11 to 6 Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment. For additional information, please contact the gallery at (212) 759-6740, for more information visit www.amadorgallery.com or contact us at info@amadorgallery.com.

 

 
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