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"Real Food" by Martin Parr reveals how we eat

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Pioneer of food photography, Martin Parr's Tongue-and-cheek view of how we eat and what we eat is now in a 200 plus slate book Real Food published by Phaidon in April 2016.  

Real Food  by Martin Parr, published by Phaidon, 2016

Real Food by Martin Parr, published by Phaidon, 2016

With meals taken from 36 countries around the globe, Martin peers into the kelidescope of what we can see in a society from the plate of food before them.  “You can tell a lot about society, who we are and what we like doing, by looking at the food we eat,” he says in an interview. “As a subject matter, it’s quite revealing. It’s like a new social landscape so it’s been good to explore food all around the world."

“I am showing food as it really is because we are surrounded by images in magazines where you see food looking glorious and beautiful, and we know that most people don’t surround themselves with food like that. It is like the propaganda of food sales.”

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'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.

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Artist News, Martin Parr's Unseen Photographs in DAZED Spring 2016 Issue

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For the Spring 2016 issue of DAZED Magazine, Martin Parr spoke with Liv Siddall about his earliest documentations, photographing "ordinary" people and the challenges to being confrontational.

If I photograph a supermarket people say it’s dodgy. If you photograph famine or war it’s perfectly acceptable. I photograph normal people
— Martin Parr

Without a doubt social attitudes in Photography have changed which increasingly complicates the craft for photographers.  “People know a lot more about photography these days than they did 30 years ago, so perhaps there’s less innocence. You could photograph kids on beaches 30 years ago but you definitely couldn’t now. That’s a rare example of how social attitudes have dramatically changed in photography.” he shares.  Because of his affinity with documentation and has no issue with confrontation is perhaps the recipe for a successful career in documentary photography.  

Read the full article and see unreleased photographs from 1970s through the 1980s by Martin on


Artist News: Martin Parr: See “Unseen” photos of The City of London featured by The Memo

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Martin Parr was first recognized for his black-and-white photography in the north of England and later became known for his lurid hyperreal photos of Brighton in the ’80s. He’s always been good at capture his subjects at their most intimate.

“This major exhibition opens up the City of London in a way never before seen,” said Katherine Pearce, curator at the Guildhall Art Gallery.

Read more about this exhibition at The Memo.

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TimeOut London photography special with Martin Parr

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In partnership with the upcoming Barbican show, "Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers", TimeOut London is collaborating with Martin Parr in a photography special, calling "for your best, most beautiful or just plain bonkers shots of London".

Gian Butturnini: 'Living London' 1969. 

Gian Butturnini: 'Living London' 1969. 

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Chris Killip discusses reprint of photobook "In Flagrante" with Martin Parr

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Martin Parr, an avid collector of Chris Killip's photographic work, sat down to discuss the reprinting of the Photobook In Flagrante.  Twenty-eight years past the Errata edition, Killip has edited down to the essentials and reintroduced two new images to finally: In Flagrante Two, published by Steidl, 2015.

"I worked on a dummy of the book during 2014, figuring out the image size and I also thought about the original texts. I still liked the John Berger and Sylvia Grant text that introduced the book in the way that its an oblique commentary, but I didn’t want to use the William Butler Yeats poem or my short text. It was a good moment when I decided to start with the Len Tabner painting image as it was a good substitute for the Yeats text as I felt in reality that he was painting his dreams with the addition of all those seagulls in this drama when in fact it was far to windy for them to fly. The image was also a very good comment on photography and its very distinct relationship with reality." -Killip

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Martin Parr interview: "If I knew how to take a great photograph, I'd stop"

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Martin Parr recently spoke to art critic Alastair Sooke about a number of personal accords he shares with his work and his photographic philosophy.  Martin "shows things as he finds them", a true documentary approach that is overarching Parr's retrospective work. 

Martin Parr,  New Brighton  from  The Last Resort , c. 1983-85. CREDIT: MARTIN PARR/MAGNUM PHOTOS

Martin Parr, New Brighton from The Last Resort, c. 1983-85. CREDIT: MARTIN PARR/MAGNUM PHOTOS

"As well as running the Martin Parr Foundation, which advances education in the art of photography, he is curating Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers, an exhibition that will open at the Barbican in March. By now, I suggest, he must have finessed the formula for taking a quintessential “Parr” photograph. “You are after iconic moments,” he concedes, “but they are very difficult to produce. Most of the pictures I take are not very good. For the rhubarb commission, I took three or four thousand – and ended up with 40. If I knew how to take a great photo, I would stop.

'My job is to record things with integrity, and I can always do that,' he says. 'Whether I take a 'great’ photo is down to luck.'" -Alastair Sooke

Martin Parr,  St Moritz polo world cup on snow  from  Luxury , 2011. CREDIT: MARTIN PARR

Martin Parr, St Moritz polo world cup on snow from Luxury, 2011. CREDIT: MARTIN PARR

Read the entire article on The Telegraph.

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Martin Parr News, Winter 2015-2016

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ROSEGALLERY artist Martin Parr is busy at work with a number of projects this winter. Here are just a few of the highlights:

The Rhubarb Triangle and Other Stories
The Hepworth Wakefield, UK
4 February to 12 June 2016

Martin Parr , from the series  The Rhubarb Triangle

Martin Parr, from the series The Rhubarb Triangle

The Hepworth Wakefield commissioned Martin to document the Rhubarb Triangle. To coincide with the opening of the exhibition, The Hepworth Wakefield will publish the book The Rhubarb Triangle. The monograph, available in February, includes all the Rhubarb Triangle images that will appear in the show as well as text written by Susie Parr.
Further details here

Strange and Familiar 
Barbican, London, UK
16 March to 19 June 2016

Evelyn Hofer ,  Couple, Wales , 1965

Evelyn Hofer, Couple, Wales, 1965

The show at the Barbican, curated by Martin, considers how international photographers from the 1930s onwards have captured the social, cultural and political identity of the UK. 

From social documentary and portraiture to street and architectural photography, the exhibition celebrates the work of leading photographers, including Bruce Davidson and Evelyn Hofer. Bringing together compelling photographs and previously unseen bodies of work, Strange and Familiar presents a vibrant portrait of modern Britain.
Further details here 

Protest: Latin American Photobooks
Tate Modern, London, UK

Sergio Larrain , Spread from  In the 20th Century , 1965

Sergio Larrain, Spread from In the 20th Century, 1965

On display at the Tate Modern is a selection of Martin’s photobooks reflecting an era of political conflict and social unrest across Latin America.
Further details here