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Die Mauer ist weg! by photojournalist Mark Power (Magnum Photos) is a first-hand account of the fall of the Berlin Wall, self-published on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall in 2014, limited to 1000 signed copies.
By a series of fortunate events, Mark Power was present at the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and shot an exceptional photo series of the events of the night and following days.
From there, he shifts his story to another perspective, embarking on a search for Bertolt Brecht’s grave in a desolate East Berlin.
The book is both a record of a major 20th century news event and a piece of critical soul-searching about the lessons learnt from the experience as, in the accompanying essay, Power recounts his fascinating tale of chance and choice.
About the Photographer:
Mark Power (b. 1959 in Harpenden, UK) is a british photojournalist, member of Magnum Photos since 2007 and Professor of photography at the University of Brighton.
After graduating, he went travelling to South-East Asia and Australia. To support himself, Power tried a number jobs along the way (he was an English teacher, a television actor and a fish farm attendant in Hong Kong; he painted cinema murals in Bangkok). While travelling Power began to realize he enjoyed using a camera more than a pencil and decided to 'become a photographer' on his return to England, two years later, in 1983.
He then worked in the editorial and charity markets for nearly ten years, before he began teaching in 1992.
To date Power has published seven books: The Shipping Forecast (1996), Superstructure (2000), The Treasury Project (2002), 26 Different Endings (2007), The Sound of Two Songs (2010), Mass (2013), and Die Mauer ist Weg! (2014).
Self-published by Globtik Books (2014)
Designed by Ania Nalecka / Tapir Book Design
First Edition of 1.000 copies
96 pages (44 double page plates) printed in tritone on Munken 170gm
Hardback 380 x 282mm cover with 315 x 235mm pages