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Martin Parr, United Kingdom | martinparr.com
Recognized for his colorful, quirky style, Martin Parr highlights the absurdity of our consumer societies. For a number of decades now his photographs have pointed out the farcical aspects and the mordant humor in ordinary scenes. With the indirect approach of social documentary, he brings derision and irony into play in a photography whose provocative style has aroused its share of controversy. Today he is regarded as one of the finest of contemporary photographers.
His recent series India offers a new entryway into the coastal region of the Indian subcontinent. Issues involving mass holidaying are explored, and Martin Parr presents us with a vision at once mundane and chaotic of seaside tourism. Revealing sharp contrasts as they do, his photographic images offer in their slightest details a study of society and the effects of globalization. The photographer pokes fun at consumerism with wonderful accuracy as he captures the way in which we inhabit, temporarily or on a day-to-day basis, fragile and singular places radically marked by our cultural and ecological footprint.
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A British photographer and member of the Magnum Photos agency, Martin Parr is one of the keenest observers in contemporary picture taking.
He achieved international fame in the 1990s, becoming a full member of Magnum Photographic Cooperative in 1994, and acting as president from 2013 to 2017. His work has been presented around the world and been the subject of over 100 publications as well as an important retrospective (Barbican Art Gallery), which toured across Europe. He also teaches photography, and serves as curator for major events (New York Photo Festival, Les Rencontres d’Arles).
Photo: New middle classes, Baga beach, Goa, India, 2018 © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos
Entering the fragile places of chaos
CHAOS reflects on a planetary environment undergoing profound change. Affecting both towns and nature, chaos operates in a more muted way in jeopardized areas: northern aboriginal territories captured by Elena Perlino and Éli Laliberté; tourism in India, by Martin Parr; accelerated urbanization in Brooklyn studied by Mathilde Forest and Mathieu Gagnon; or in the Gaspé Peninsula, the marks of a long-gone mining operation or a railroad documented by Myriam Gaumond and Martin Becka. Together, they are all revealing of those threats that pervade the landscape and the existence of each one of us today.