By (photographer) Parr, MartinBy Williams, Val
A comprehensive mid-career retrospective of the work of well-known Magnum photographer Martin Parr, including previously unpublished early work. This major retrospective is the first time that the whole of Parr's career has been seriously assessed and includes fascinating and pre...viously unpublished early work. This includes his startling and original 1974 installation Home Sweet Home, early black-and-white photographs of the people and places of Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire where he lived and worked in the 1970s, photographs from Ireland and Salford, and of course a selection of the very best images from all of his published books including The Last Resort, The Cost of Living and Signs of the Times. With unlimited access to Parr's archives and quoting from extensive interviews, distinguished writer and curator Val Williams charts Parr's life and career, revealing insights into his influences and attitudes and setting him in a new context by assessing his importance as an artist. The book also includes fascinating illustrative photographs of Parr and the people and places of his career. In addition, a special appendix shows some of his many collections of ephemera from wallpaper to commemorative plates, lapel badges to souvenir models of Lenin and JFK.Read more
Martin Parr is arguably Britain's key contemporary photographer, with a unique point of view and unmistakable signature, with a critical and popular following in the worlds of art, fashion and journalism. He has been widely published and exhibited internationally. His work features in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, amongst others. Books of his photographs include Bad Weather (1982), The Last Resort (1986), The Cost of Living (1989), Small World (1995) and Common Sense (1999). He is also the author of the Boring Postcards books and Think of England by Phaidon. He has been a member of the Magnum photographic agency since 1994. Val Williams is a well-respected writer and curator, based in London. She is contributing editor of Creative Camera magazine and has written for publications including The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph Magazine and The New Statesman.
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