When learning about Vernacular Photography, we focused upon the photographer ‘Martin Parr’. Parr is a British documentary photographer, photojournalist and photo book collector yet also explores Vernacular Photography. His photographic projects take an intimate, satirical and anthropological look at aspects of modern life and at first glance, his photographs seem exaggerated or even grotesque. The motifs he chooses are strange, the colours are garish and the perspectives are unusual.
I feel Parrs photography concepts are extremely interesting as he explores usual and interesting themes through vernacular photography. His images are rather inspirational almost as they unlike many other photographers image who pose and set up individuals, these images are taken and the beauty is portrayed through the unplanned and unintentional capturing. “Leisure, consumption and communication are the concepts that this British photographer has been researching for several decades now on his worldwide travels. In the process, he examines national characteristics and international phenomena to find out how valid they are as symbols that will help future generations to understand our cultural peculiarities. Parr enables us to see things that have seemed familiar to us in a completely new way. In this way he creates his own image of society, which allows us to combine an analysis of the visible signs of globalisation with unusual visual experiences. In his photos, Parr juxtaposes specific images with universal ones without resolving the contradictions. Individual characteristics are accepted and eccentricities are treasured”
The themes Parr selects and his inimitable treatment of them set him apart as a photographer.
Some of Parr’s recent work, that is my favourite…