Martin Parr: Early Work 1971-1986

15th May 2018 - 9th Jun 2018

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16th May – 9th June 2018

A new exhibition, showcasing early works by Martin Parr, will open at Huxley-Parlour Gallery in May 2018. In association with Rocket Gallery, the exhibition at Huxley-Parlour Gallery will include over 30 prints, with works on show taken from Parr’s early series, The Non-Conformists, Bad Weather, Beauty Spots, A Fair Day and his first colour series The Last Resort: Photographs of New Brighton. The exhibition will also include a selection of rare, vintage prints.

This exhibition explores the roots of Parr’s artistic output, by displaying works from the first fifteen years of Parr’s career, predominantly lesser-known works produced in black and white. The bodies of work featured in the exhibition were made by Parr between 1971 and 1986. The exhibition will highlight the photographer’s transition from shooting in black and white in rural Northern England, to his seminal series The Last Resort, taken with colour film in the mid 1980s. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to see a selection of early works that showcase Parr’s characteristic wry humour and eye for well-composed, dynamic composition.

Highlights included in the exhibition are Parr’s first ever colour photograph, taken in 1971, and works from his first series, made in Hebden Bridge in the years immediately following Parr’s graduation for Manchester Polytechnic. These photograph capture a traditional community whose way of life, focused around farming, industry and the church, was in decline. Also included in the exhibition are works from Parr’s series, The Last Resort: Photographs of New Brighton. This was Parr’s first project to show a move towards his now distinct personal style, combining bright colours and daylight flash.

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Works

Manchester, 1971

Martin Parr

Surrey Bird Club, Surrey, 1972

Martin Parr

Untitled, from ‘Butlins by the Sea’, 1972

Martin Parr

Stratford Upon Avon, 1974

Martin Parr

North Yorkshire, Harrogate, Brimham Rocks, 1974

Martin Parr

Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, from ‘Beauty Spots’, 1975

Martin Parr

Crimsworth Dean Methodist Chapel, West Yorkshire, 1975

Martin Parr

Steep Lane Baptist Church Buffet Lunch, Calderdale, Halifax, West Yorkshire, 1976

Martin Parr

Mr and Mrs Connolley Practise Dancing in the Otherwise Unused Booth Chapel Sunday School, Booth, West Yorkshire, 1976

Martin Parr

Seafront, Blackpool, 1977

Martin Parr

Jubilee Street Party, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, 1977

Martin Parr

Mayor of Todmorden’s Inaugural Banquet, Calderdale, 1976

Martin Parr

Jubilee Street Party, Elland, Yorkshire, 1977

Martin Parr

Boulderclough Methodist Chapel, Anniversary Tea, Calderdale, from ‘The Non-Conformists’, 1978

Martin Parr

Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, England, 1977

Martin Parr

Steep Lane Baptist Chapel, West Yorkshire, 1977

Martin Parr

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-On-Sea, East Sussex, 1978

Martin Parr

Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire, from ‘Bad Weather’, March 1980

Martin Parr

Wheldrake, North Yorkshire, 1980

Martin Parr

Abandoned Morris Minors, Arigna, County Roscommon, 1980-1983, from ‘A Fair Day’

Martin Parr

Rosses Point, County Sligo, from ‘A Fair Day’, 1983

Martin Parr

Glenbeigh Races, County Kerry, Ireland, 1983

Martin Parr

Wallasey Carnival, Wallasey, 1983

Martin Parr

Untitled (New Brighton), from ‘The Last Resort’, 1983-1985

Martin Parr

New Brighton, from ‘The Last Resort’, 1983-85

Martin Parr

New Brighton, from ‘The Last Resort’, 1983-85

Martin Parr

Untitled (New Brighton), from ‘The Last Resort’, 1983-1985

Martin Parr

New Brighton, from ‘The Last Resort’, 1983-85

Martin Parr

New Brighton, from ‘The Last Resort’, 1983-85

Martin Parr

A Cobblers, Salford, 1986

Martin Parr

Ramsgate, Kent, 1986

Martin Parr

Margate, Kent, 1986

Martin Parr

Lunch for a Couple, Ramsgate, Kent, from ‘Home and Abroad’, 1986

Martin Parr