Mark Power & Jo Coles
Mark Power (born UK, 1959) and Jo Coles (born UK, 1966) have each pursued their individual practices for many years, and only recently have begun to collaborate. Their work is place-based, exploring the genius loci of territories both familiar and new. They adopt differing approaches which compliment each other: Power photographs the landscape, while Coles acts as a kind of urban archeologist, discovering her subject through the discarded waste she collects and classifies.
Mark Power is a member of Magnum Photos, a photographic co-operative of great diversity and distinction owned by its photographer-members. His self-initiated projects sit comfortably alongside a number of large-scale commissions in the industrial sector. Power has published eight photobooks, and his prints have been shown in numerous galleries and museums across the world, and are in several important collections, both public and private.
Jo Coles has made numerous large scale structures for outdoor community events while at the same time developing a studio practice described as ‘celebration of the little things'. For many years she has collected objects, both natural and man-made, before creating a series of miniature worlds: “the sort of places I would love to find in ‘real’ life but of course never could; the perfect places just to sit and think”.