I Don’t Think it’s Anything Particularly Forced on Deborah, We’ve Just Always Enjoyed the Same Sort of Things Martin Parr

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15.7 – 29.8 2014

Martin Parr:Signs Of The Times

Martin Parr:Signs Of The Times

15.07 – 29.08.2014

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Hours

Monday to Saturday

10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Gallery

3-5 Swallow Street
W1B 4DE
London

In association with Rocket Gallery London, Huxley-Parlour present Martin Parr: Signs of the Times. Containing modern and vintage prints, this will be the first time photographs from this important series have been shown at a solo exhibition in London.

Martin Parr is one of Britain’s most significant photographers, best known for his sharp eye and sense of humour. Over his thirty year career he has focused on capturing ordinary people doing ordinary things – at the seaside, in supermarkets, at village country fairs or on holiday abroad. Often highly saturated and brightly coloured Parr has become known as a commentator and recorder of Britain’s finely nuanced class system.

The Works

27

1

Martin Parr

It Was Very Masculine When I Came in Here, So I Put my Quilt Out – the Flowery one Which he Detests

1991

C-type print, printed later

2

Martin Parr

We are Going to Come to a Nice Compromise on Every Issue. I’ve Already Decided What Colours we’re Going to Have. He Can Just Pick the Variations

1991

C-type print, printed later

3

Martin Parr

Underneath it All She Really is a Lovely Girl

1991

C-type print, printed later

4

Martin Parr

I Like to be Surrounded by Things that are Visually Impressive

1991

C-type print, printed later

5

Martin Parr

It’s Not Stuff That Run-Of-The-Mill People Would Have in Their Homes

1991

C-type print, printed later

6

Martin Parr

I Wanted to be a Little Bit Different, a Little Bit Individual, That’s Why I Only Did One Side

1991

C-type print, printed later

7

Martin Parr

The Fire Has a Light Bulb Underneath Which We Don’t Use Because it is Very Cheap Looking

1991

C-type print, printed later

8

Martin Parr

Each to Their Own But I Think This is Going to be One of the Best – if Not the Best – Houses on the Estate

1991

C-type print, printed later

9

Martin Parr

I Don’t Think it’s Anything Particularly Forced on Deborah, We’ve Just Always Enjoyed the Same Sort of Things

1991

C-type print, printed later

10

Martin Parr

There Wasn’t Anything Here That Had a Feminine Touch. I Basically Moved in and Plonked Things Down

1991

C-type print, printed later

11

Martin Parr

It Still Feels as Though we are Living in a Hotel Suite. I Want to Pick up the Phone and Ring for Room Service

1991

C-type print, printed later

12

Martin Parr

We Thought we Could Make it Look Sort of Bistro-y Looking in the Kitchen and Then Carry it Through to the Lounge

1991

C-type print

13

Martin Parr

Marie-Louise’s Pig Irritates me Intensely. I Can’t Say Why, But it Just Irritates me Intensely

1991

C-type print, printed later

14

Martin Parr

It’s this Edwardian Look that we’re Trying to Achieve from the Bottom Right Up to the Top of the House

1991

C-type print, printed later

15

Martin Parr

I Remember Very Clearly When this Carpet Went Down Because it Came Over Television that President Kennedy was Assassinated

1991

C-type print, printed later

16

Martin Parr

After a Few Weeks Living Here I Put Out a Few Teddy Bears and he Came Home One Day and Just Went Mad About it

1991

C-type print, printed later

17

Martin Parr

Dramatic, Glamorous, Over-The-Top. I Think That’s What We’re Looking For

1991

C-type print, printed later

18

Martin Parr

To Come Home in the Evenings to Find the Kids Have Carried Out Their Own Form of Anarchy is Just About the Last Thing I Can Face

1991

C-type print, printed later

19

Martin Parr

We Wanted a Cottagey Stately Home Kind of Feel

1991

C-type print, printed later

20

Martin Parr

Woodworm does Generate Through the Furniture, and Obviously if You’re Putting New Things into Your Home the Last Thing you Want is an Invitation to Worms

1991

C-type print, printed later

21

Martin Parr

Everything’s Very Important to me. I Can’t Just Live in an Ordinary House, it Has to be a Special House

1991

C-type print, printed later

22

Martin Parr

I Get Such Pleasure from them Every Day When I Sit in the Bath

1991

C-type print, printed later

23

Martin Parr

The House Came with Everything Right Down to the Bars of Soap

1991

C-type print, printed later

24

Martin Parr

We Keep Buying Things Thinking ‘That’ll Look Better’ and it Just Doesn’t

1991

C-type print, printed later

25

Martin Parr

I Think we are Looking for a Look that is Established, Warm, Comfortable, Traditional

1991

C-type print, printed later

26

Martin Parr

When I Looked at the Wallpaper and the Wallpaper Looked at me we Instantly Fell in Love

1991

C-type print, printed later

27

Martin Parr

I Spoke with Gary About the Tree-Mug but There was no Way he Would Change it

1991

C-type print, printed later

Martin Parr

B. United Kingdom 1952

B. United Kingdom 1952

Biography

Martin Parr’s distinctive style of photography captures the oddities and humours of everyday British life through a vibrantly coloured, hyper-realistic lens. At the beginning of the 1980s Parr’s work aimed to mirror the lifestyle of ordinary British people, reflecting the social decline and distress of the working class during the era of Margaret Thatcher. He earned an international reputation for his oblique approach to social documentary, and for innovative imagery. The Last Resort: Photographs of New Brighton (1986) was Parr’s first project to show a move towards his now distinct personal style: bright colours and vivid images, gaining him the reputation as a renowned satirical photojournalist. Other of Parr’s series include Bad Weather (1982), Common Sense (1995-99), and Signs of the Times (1992).

Parr was born in Surrey in 1952, later studying Photography at Manchester Polytechnic. He has exhibited his work globally since 1974, including exhibitions at The National Portrait Gallery and The Photographer’s Gallery, London, The National Centre of Photography, Paris and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan. Parr is prolific in his output and has published over a hundred books of his own work. He has won many awards throughout his career including the Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Award, Photokina’s Eric Solomon Award for photojournalism and in 2017, Sony World Photography Award for Outstanding Contribution to Photography. Parr was the president of Magnum Photos between 2013 – 2017, and remains one of the country’s most popular photojournalists, contributing to a wide range of printed media. Parr founded the Martin Parr Foundation in 2014, opening its premises in Bristol in 2017. The Foundation holds Parr’s own archive, and is a centre for talks, screenings and events. 

He lives and works in Bristol.

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