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©Martin Parr/Magnum Photos
For this new edition of Modem Europe we have given “Carte Blanche”to the photographer Martin Parr, born in 1952 in Bristol.
“Loud colours, strange patterns and concise narratives are what characterise the photographs of Martin Parr.
While some of his images may seem over the top, they are always astonishingly inventive and richly humorous.
Over the last thirty years, Parr has been documenting Western society, and in particular his fellow citizens of the United Kingdom. However, he is also interested in phenomena linked to globalisation such as mass tourism, consumerism and so-called leisure.
His work is seen as a satirical look at contemporary life which unmasks the grotesque element behind banality.
As a member of the legendary Magnum agency, Martin Parr is one of the most active and dynamic photographers at work today. Since the 1980s he has published some thirty books and shown his photographs in countless group and solo shows”.
Extract of the text of presentation of Exhibition: “Planète Parr” The Martin Parr Collection - (June 2009) - Jeu de Paume - site Concorde - Paris