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Martin Parr

4.51 of 5 stars 4.51  ·  rating details  ·  57 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In this major retrospective, the whole of Martin Parr's career has been assessed and includes previously unpublished early work. 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 s ...more
Hardcover, 354 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Phaidon Press (first published 2002)
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I think this guy's photos are great. They're sinister with color, gross with up-close-and-personal, and sad with hilarious irony. What weird times we live in... consumption, hysteria, desperation, and oddballness as familiarity. Great series include "bored couples," "signs of the times," and "cost of living."
David Glenn Dixon
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Martin Parr
By Glenn Dixon • April 26, 2002

April 29

When I last caught up with English Magnum photographer Martin Parr, I posited that with "Common Sense," a colorful survey of lowbrow consumerism, and "Boring Postcards," a deadpan collection of just that, he was letting a little air into a satiric worldview that often seemed stifling, crabbed, and puny. Two years later, I know I spoke too soon. In Phaidon's new retrospective monograph, "Martin Parr,"
I'd give this book 5 stars if it wasn't a selective retrospective that left me wanting more of each of Parr's projects. I had been only dimly aware of his work before in The Last Resort and Boring Postcards, and since the weekend papers are one element of middle-classness I have long left behind, I've not seen his work there either.

I'm not sure what I think to Val Williams commentary. It was certainly interesting and I am in no authoritative position to judge. Perhaps it is just that I am coming
Massive retrospective of one of my favorite photographers, complete with essays and timeline and tons of archive stuff Parr himself provided. Got this second hand in Powells for a mere $20. The really early black and white pictures he took in Yorkshire of people living around Hebdon Bridge in the mid 1970s are stunning. Glad I went for a visit when I was over seeing my parents last summer and could put it all in perspective about how much and little it had changed.
This is one of the best bio-retrospectives I've read. Highly recommended.
Sara Cochran
Amazing! This guy is the bees' knees...
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