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The World According to Parr
Wednesday 3 December 2003
Magnum photographer and chronicler of British (particularly English) life, Parr's work documents the way we live now with images that are funny and somehow melancholic at the same time.
Alan Yentob's 'Imagine' looks at his work and revealingly, his life. Parr (who grew up in the blankness of the suburbs) loves to collect commercial ephemera including concorde wallpaper and multi-coloured tea trays. In the same way Parr's subjects are the everyday - equally blank but very specific - such as Parr's ongoing project: photographing the last parking space in the car park.
A sharply satirical eye and uncanny ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary have made British photographer Martin Parr a figure of international repute.
This snapper of seaside scenes and suburban semis has come a long way since his days as a photographer at Butlins.
His retrospective, currently on a world tour of cities as diverse as Madrid, Tokyo and Mexico, demonstrates how unerringly his pictures have captured three decades of quintessentially British life.
Imagine follows Martin Parr with his camera, and at his home, to paint a portrait of this former train spotter, and darling of commercials and media, who remains utterly eccentric.
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