There is no more perceptive commentator on the idiosyncrasies of the British at leisure than Martin Parr. He has focused on bizarre and humorous elements in contemporary British culture with an amused, if ironical eye. After his move to Bristol in 1987, he concentrated on suburban England - the tupperware party, the safari park, the supermarket and holidaymakers at British seaside resorts. These are subjects often overlooked by social documentary photographers keen to tackle more 'worthy' subjects of conflict, homelessness and the suffering of the working class.
Martin Parr's first important series of photographs looked at the way we behave in the presence of important monuments, for example Land's End, Stonehenge and Glastonbury Tor. More recently, he has been working on a project about global tourism.
- Artwork Details: 16.1 x 24cm
- Material description: Silver bromide print
- Credit line: © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos
- Theme: Figurative
- Medium: Photograph
- Accession number: ACP 0419