Martin Parr

When I study Parr’s work what stands out most is certainly the idea of tourism. He is incredibly arty within his photography, the color is what makes the lasting impression on Parr’s work for me and although I love color photographs his can be too contrasted for my preference. I see both work I dislike of his but also work I love. It seems when we first come to look at Parr’s photographs they seem exaggerated and sometimes disgusting, what he chooses to photograph and the way he chooses to photograph it is strange and unique.
Listening to an interview I found between Martin Parr and Jim Casper from Lens Culture I learnt a lot about Parr’s opinion on photography and his own work. He doesn’t want his pictures to be just humorous, but also mischievous and photographs which people can engage with. Parr speaks about the British and how we have a better sense of humor than many other countries, it’s something we have always had and it is certainly reflected in most media producers, it’s a ‘national treasure’ Parr says, and it’s a pleasure to be part of. However, stating that the British hold a better sense of humor, he admits that he still has bigger support outside of Britain, and how it isn’t more difficult for him to express the humor he wants to elsewhere because he assumes the sense of irony can be used on an international level.
Although Parr’s photographs are humorous, he also looks for vulnerability within society and aims to show this within his photographs, he aims to photograph some of life’s most revealing moments, and just like most photographers he tries to show something within the world. I found it interesting to learn that he doesn’t believe photography has the power to make social change, and if it does it is only extremely occasional. He believe photography is a democratic genre and loves that about it.
When asked what makes a good photo-book, Parr’s response was one with good ‘quality, sequence, narrative, design’ and whether or not it works as a physical object. He explains how there are so many things that haven’t been experimented yet within photography, but once then are found we’ll all wonder how they hadn’t ever been done before.
I have added some photographs below from Parr’s series ‘Think of England’

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