AMERICA IN COLOR
In the Janet Borden gallery retrospective of Martin Parr’s photographs of life in the U.S., taken over the past twenty years, we see the relationship that color has to many of the more absurd aspects of American culture. Parr’s saturated photographs highlight just how flamboyant and loud this country can be.
In the introduction to the book “Martin Parr,” the writer and curator Val Williams observes,
Martin Parr’s photographs can make us feel very uncomfortable. He has made a comedy about the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the places we go; scrutinized the very way we live our lives …. Parr’s photography is, above all, a visual extravaganza; a large and skillfully honed collection of aesthetic devices that are used not just to define a social point or to underline a cultural statement, but for their own sake, in celebration of photography’s singularity as a still, two-dimensional image acting as a mirror to the way we live.”
“Martin Parr: USA Color” opens on May 16th.
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Photographs by Martin Parr/Courtesy Janet Borden, Inc.
Text courtesy of The New Yorker.