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Martin Parr's Strange and Familiar faces of Britain at the Barbican

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Martin Parr curated exhibition Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers at the Barbican Centre is a cultural hit with favorable attention across the globe. The exhibition features 23 international photographers with images created in Britain from 1930 and onward. 

Martin Parr

Martin Parr

Jim Dow,  Southward’s Sweet Shop, Scarborough, North Yorkshire 3 June , 1983

Jim Dow, Southward’s Sweet Shop, Scarborough, North Yorkshire 3 June, 1983

"...Not only is this exhibition a multifaceted history of Britain charted by very different sensibilities through the decades, it also charts the developing medium of photography itself, as various strands of social documentary give way to fine-art photography and colour floods in. In the show’s later rooms, places and people are increasingly given separate portrayals, whether Rineke Dijkstra’s 1990s teenage girls all togged up for a night out in Liverpool’s Buzz Club, or Jim Dow’s rammed shop window displays and his empty Edward Hopper-esque Peckham eel and pie shop."

Read on at telegraph.co.uk

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/art/1043...

'The view of Britain to foreign eyes', Martin Parr curated exhibition "Strange and Familiar"

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"What is the British national character, and why do we think that there is one? In his influential book "Imagined Communities", Benedict Anderson wondered at the fact that "the members of even the smallest nation will never know most of their fellow-members, meet them, or even hear of them, yet in the minds of each lives the image of their communion." Anderson argued that this sense of community had been conjured by the rise of homogenised mass media and increased literacy in the 19th century, with newspapers cultivating a national identity and delivering it to a larger number of people than ever before."
As The Economist writes, it is an valid point to note that media shapes identity from inside borders and outside borders.  Martin Parr curated exhibition Strange and Familiar at the Barbican tries to explore this.  Each photographer explores what "Britishness" is since the 1930s.

Evelyn Hofer, Untitled, [Band, Wales], 1965

Read The Economist article in full HERE.

Visit barbican.org.uk for exhibition details.

 

Source: http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/20...