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Part three in an ongoing series, Mark Power’s latest instalment depicts an America on the eve of major change

Good Morning, America is an ongoing, 10-years-and-counting project by British photographer, Mark Power. His most recent chapter, Volume III, sees the midpoint of the five-book series, and documents American landscapes, including images taken across South Carolina, Maine, California, Vermont, Nevada, Florida, Michigan and Wyoming. The project began in 2012, just after the re-election of Barack Obama, capturing an America now long gone, and a nation undergoing constant shifts. Sombre and at times desolate, an America unaware of the coming year characterises the book, as Power continues to piece together his portrait of a nation.

© Mark Power / Magnum Photos.

The Covid-19 pandemic prevented Power from returning to the US for most of 2020, resulting in a collection of images that reflect a nation just before the global pandemic hit, the Black Lives Matter marches, and a divisive presidential election. Most were taken last winter, displaying a cold, hibernating country. Power says he couldn’t have imagined the political and literal landscapes he would find himself capturing eight years ago – nobody could. A changing country is equally reflected in a changing project. How this year’s contribution will affect it is yet to be seen.

© Mark Power / Magnum Photos.
Isaac Huxtable

Isaac Huxtable joined the British Journal of Photography in October 2020, where he is currently the Editorial Assistant. Prior to this, he studied a BA in History of Art at the Courtauld Instititue of Art, London.

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