Grayson Perry introduces ‘Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr’

The artist Grayson Perry has been commissioned to write the introduction to a new monograph accompanying the exhibition Only Human: Martin Parr at the National Portrait Gallery, which opens next month. In the introductory text, Perry speaks of his admiration for Parr, describing the photographer’s work as “a guiding beacon for me, pointing out patterns and dissonances in society, but more importantly showing me how to look.”

Both the exhibition and the book explore Parr’s most enduring subject: people. Whilst there is a distinct focus on Britishness, photographs taken around the world will be included in this exploration of the artist’s wry and insightful work. Parr has previously published over 80 photobooks, and his work has been recognised with major awards and over 100 exhibitions worldwide.

The exhibition Only Human: Martin Parr is at the National Portrait Gallery, London from 7 March to 27 May 2019. The accompanying book Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr is to be published by Phaidon to coincide both with the exhibition and the date on which the UK will leave the European Union.

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