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Janet Borden, Inc. : Martin Parr : World Tour


Janet Borden, Inc. presents Martin Parr: World Tour, an exhibition of signature photographs by photographer Martin Parr.

While we are not able to travel during the pandamic, it is a wonderful time to visit Martin Parr’s photographs from his peregrinations throughout the globe. Parr has compiled images from various locales throughout the world, from Paris to Moscow, from Marrakesh to Sri Lanka. Parr is a formally sophisticated, humorous, and astute documentary photographer. Whether he is photographing the pyramids of Gaza or a high-end Parisian shop, he treats the subjects as curious oddities.

Many of Parr’s essential tropes, including vivid colors and a keen appreciation of the absurd, are on view in these photographs. The daylight flash, the dressing up and partying, the coincidental matching of patterns and colors in unlikely places, all commingle in this body of colorful and witty work. Pisa, Italy is a quintessential Parr. By photographing not particularly the leaning tower, but the tourists all in the same pose of holding it up, he engages the idea of both tourism and photography.

The punk hair combined with the red telephone booth is another example of Parr’s extraordinary ability to combine two simple clichés into a complex shorthand for British life in the 1990s. In a world limited by pandemic and economic concerns, these photographs are all the more revealing and poignant,

In a world limited by pandemic and economic concerns, these photographs are all the more revealing and poignant,

Martin Parr was born in Surrey, England, in 1952. He currently lives in Bristol. This British documentary photographer has worked on many photographic projects throughout the world, resulting in over 110 published books, including Bad Weather; The Last Resort; The Cost of Living; Common Sense; Think of England; The Last Parking Space; Martin Parr: Objects. His work is exhibited and collected throughout the world. Last year, Only Human, Parr’s 13-room extravaganza of several hundred photographs and objects, was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, London. His fashion photography is the subject of an upcoming monograph by Phaidon. He has created The Martin Parr Foundation to promote and preserve the history of British documentary photography.


Janet Borden, Inc.

91 Water Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201

212 431 0166


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