Martin Parr: This Is The World On Vacation
Posted by Jay at 5:18 PM
Not everyone can be as composed and proper like the subjects of The Sartorialist blog. Even in the best places for cultural erudition, tourists on vacation can sometimes stand out like a sore thumb. This is where photographer Martin Parr does some of the best (or some would say the worst) candid photography.
Martin Parr is a photojournalist famous for his social documentary photography. Although his work sometimes focuses on eccentricity of modern life in his native England, his images resonates with the cultures of other countries around the world.
His first major work was Last Resort: Photography of New Brighton. The collection of colors and characters caused a lot of stir in the photography world when it came out in 1986.
Parr’s work has been described as many things: truthful, obscene, dispassionate, voyeuristic, gaudy, ironic, ridiculous, among many, many other things. Over his more than three-decade career, his work has earned him all of those descriptions, and his notoriety hasn’t gone unnoticed in the higher echelons of the photography world.
In 1988, Parr joined the prestigious Magnum Photos (founded by legends such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa). The quality of his photographs was so controversial that members were divided as to whether or not to admit him to the esteemed organization. In the end, Parr got in with a margin of only one vote.