Martin Parr

Martin Parr’s work did not interest me much on first look, I thought it was a bit too spontaneous and not technically impressive and they just seemed like everyday snapshots. However looking in to his work more and reading articles about his work I started to like his work more and more. I started to realise the shots he produced were one of a kind, funny and weird things you see everyday but don’t think about twice. He manages to capture these moments by taking thousands of photos every year and filtering out the good ones. He said in an interview that “If there are 10 good ones, it would be a good year”. This definitely made me appreciate his work a lot more, especially giving me confidence in my own photographs, not every day shooting will produce good photos.


I really like this image, its not a typical holiday photo, but is taken of people taking typical holiday photos. Its funny, they are doing the same pose to recreate the photo everyone does, but takes the photo from a different angle, completely changing the focus, making a completely ridiculous photo.

His hilarious clichés, filled with irreverence and sarcasm, often focus on a grotesque detail that allows the viewer to take a broader perspective on today’s world.’


I found this interview with Martin Parr extremely interesting, it showed an insight to how he works and what he thinks about photography. He talks about his work and the controvasy it creates relating t0 class and money.

He also says about his influences and how he began photography- this introduced me to his idol, Garry Winogrand, the interview (second youtube video) showed a clip of a documentary about him. It was interesting to see how much this photographer inspired him and influences his work. This is one of his more famous images, it has this same idea of spontaneous and natural every day circumstances. The people are unaware, or ignoring him and not looking at the camera, they are all using hand gestures and it looks very natural.


“a photograph doesnt have to have a narrative ability. You know what something looks like, you dont know whats happening… It can be well described but you dont know whats happening.” – Garry Winogrand


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