Martin Parr at Brisbane Powerhouse Arts

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Now Worries by Martin Parr

July 26 - September 23, 2012

Commissioned by FotoFreo: The City of Fremantle Festival of Photography in 2011, Martin Parr documents the work and leisure of people in Western Australian port towns and coastal cities, revealing something unique about the coastal dwelling population and Australian life in general.

In 2011 Magnum photographer Martin Parr, as a special project for FotoFreo, set out to photograph three Western Australian port cities, Fremantle, Port Hedland and Broome. Each town was a unique setting for a photographer famed for his images of British seaside culture in the publication Last Resort. Using his unmistakably intimate and satirical style, Parr went about photographing Australian clichés, full of saturated colours and flash photography. The resulting photographs, published here for the first time, are an invaluable collection from this world-renowned British photographer.

In Martin’s own words, “No Worries. This is a phrase that seems to encapsulate the rather delightful, laid back approach that the West Australians adopt. I quickly noticed that nearly everyone I met in Broome and Port Hedland in particular used this phrase, and once observed the title was a done deal.”

“No Worries. This is a phrase that seems to encapsulate the rather delightful, laid back approach that the West Australians adopt. I quickly noticed that nearly everyone I met in Broome and Port Hedland in particular used this phrase, and once observed the title was a done deal.” -Martin Parr

"Magnum is a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is going on in the world, a respect for what is going on and a desire to transcribe it visually." - (Henri Cartier-Bresson)

Text and image courtesy of Brisbane Powerhouse Arts