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When Martin Parr’s ‘The Last Resort’ was first published and exhibited in 1986 it divided both critics and audiences alike. Some saw it as the finest achievement to date of colour photography in Britain whilst others viewed it as an aberration . With the benefit of hindsight there is little doubt that it transformed documentary photography in Britain and placed Parr amongst the world s leading photographers. The book is now recognised as a classic and is highly sought by collectors worldwide. Steering a perilous course between objectivity and voyeurism, Parr viewed the decaying holiday resort of New Brighton and its holidaymakers in a way that was new, unique and deeply disturbing. And he did so in colour, something which at the time was seen as revolutionary for documentary work. For some his camera seemed cold and cruel as it followed the working classes desperately pursuing their holiday dreams surrounded by dereliction and decay and wading through the apparently endless detritus of a pollution-ridden consumer society. Others felt it showed an affectionate, humorous and humanistic response from Parr. However it was viewed, it was undoubtedly a sharp, bitter satire of the Britain of the Thatcher years.
Last Resort Editore: Dewi Lewis Pub
Bad Weather Editore: Book on Books
A fun collection of Martin Parr’s food pictures, which documents the simple notion that ‘we are what we eat’. Real Food celebrates all things food through the eyes of the renowned British photographer Martin Parr – a kaleidoscope of foods the world over, from hot dogs to sticky buns and langoustine to lemon meringue pie. Featuring photographs taken throughout Martin Parr’s prolific career to-date, Real Food will comprise the very best of Parr’s iconic imagery – a collection of close-up food shots, in typical garish colour, taken by Parr throughout his travels across the world. Introduced with an essay by Fergus Henderson, British chef and founder of the restaurant St John’s in London, which considers Parr’s photographs in the context of global cuisine, and Parr’s fascination with the social aspect of food that is at the heart of these photographs.
Real Food Editore: Phaidon
Small World Editore: Dewi Lewis Pub
Following on the heels of “Martin Parrs” limited-edition, album-style presentation of “Lifes a Beach”, released last season, Aperture is delighted to introduce a new beach-bag-sized edition. Parr has been photographing beaches for many decades, documenting all aspects of them, including close-ups of sunbathers, rambunctious swimmers caught mid-plunge, and the eternal sandy picnic underway. His international career, in fact, could well be traced to the launch of “The Last Resort”, a 1986 book depicting the seaside resort of New Brighton, near Liverpool. What may be less known is that this obsession has led Parr to photograph beaches around the world. This compilation, his first on the topic, presents photos of beach goers on far-flung shores, including Argentina, Brazil, China, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Japan, the United States, Mexico, Thailand, and of course, the U.K. The compilation brings to the forefront Parrs engagement with a cherished subject matter that rare public space in which general absurdities and local quirks seamlessly fuse together. This book shows Parr at his best, startling us with moments of captured absurdity and immersing us in rituals and traditions associated with beach life the world over.
Life’s a Beach Editore: Aperture
England has been a key subject of Magnum photographer Martin Parr’s work since he started taking pictures. Think of England is a comic, opinionated, affectionately satirical, colour-saturated photo-essay about the identity of England. As Scotland and Wales consolidate their status as nations and Great Britain begins to unravel, this book of new work contributes to the debate about what it means to be English. Quintessentially English himself, Parr’s great achievement as a photographer is his ability to transform the obvious into the surprising, reinventing cliches of Englishness as provocative revelations. His tour of obvious England takes in Ascot and the charity shop, seaside resorts, herbaceous borders, the bring-and-buy stall, cucumber sandwiches and cups of tea, baked beans and bad footwear. Parr’s work has already added to the visual vocabulary of England; this book, his first specifically on the subject of England, stretches it further. Simultaneously affectionate and brutally direct, all the photographs are shot with a ring flash camera (more usually used for medical photographs), which has been his medium of choice for the last four years.
Think England Editore: Phaidon
Martin Parr is an affordable, pocket-sized monograph spanning the influential photographer’s entire career, from his early black and white photographs to works from his major projects, including The Last Resort and Think of England. It features an introductory essay by Sandra S. Phillips, Senior Curator of Photography at SFMOMA.
Martin Parr Editore: Phaidon
Martin Parr ( Epsom, 23 Maggio 1952) è un fotoreport britannico.
Da sempre i suoi progetti fotografici criticano la società moderna, il consumismo, il cibo e il turismo. Nonostante gli inizi come fotografo in bianco e nero, inizia nel 1984 a lavorare a colori, che diventerà presto il suo punto di forza. Infatti, l’uso di foto dai colori molto saturi che enfatizzano il lato buffo e umoristico nei suoi lavori, sono ormai un marchio di fabbrica. Nel 1994 diventa fotografo dell’agenzia Magnum Photos. Nella sua carriera vi è anche una parentesi musicale: nel 2003 la direzione del videoclip della band Londinese dei Pet Shop Boys.