Martin Parr, guest of Arles's photographic "Rencontres"
Portrait of Martin Parr, photographer and guest of honour at Arles's 2004 international photography "Rencontres" (encounters). A great collector of kitsch objects, Martin Parr has a caustic and twisted view of the world.
Today, Martin Parr is an internationally renowned photographer. Born in Epson in 1952, he studied photography at the Polytechnic School in Manchester.
His view was sometimes tender, often caustic and ironic, even cruel, looking over all aspects of daily life of the middle-class, particularly in England. His photos, veritable sociological documents, capture daily banality, ravages of consumerism and mass tourism with humour. A big collector of kitsch objects, he joined the Magnum agency where he shook up the style a bit in 1994.
He was also interested in fashion and advertising, participating in the making of the film It's Nice up North and wrote several pieces dedicated to his works: Last Resort (1996), Common Sense (1999), Think of England (2000), Boring Postcards (2000), Signs of the Times (2006). In 2002, a major retrospective exhibition was presented in London, then in Bradford. In 2004 he was the general commissioner for the international photography meeting in Arles.