Friday, August 30, 2013

Martin Parr



Martin Parr.  Spain.  Benidorm.  1997.

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Martin Parr.  Japan.  Miyazaki.  The Ocean Dome.  1996.  from Life's A Beach.  Aperture 2013

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Martin Parr.  British Tabloid, Beach. 1991.  Skegness, England

Martin Parr.  Belgium.  Knokke.  2001.  from Life's A Beach

Martin Parr.  GB.  England.  Weymouth.  2000.  from Life's A Beach.  Aperture.  2013

Martin Parr.  Belgium.  Knokke.  2001.  from Life's A Beach.  Aperture, 2013

Martin Parr.  Chile.  Valparaiso.  2007

Martin Parr.  GB.  England.  Mablethorpe.  1992.  from Life's A Beach.  Aperture, 2013.

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Martin Parr.  Italy. Lake Garda. Riva del Garda.  1999.  from Life's a Beach -- Aperture.

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Martin Parr. Italy.  Lake Garda.  1999.  from Life's A Beach.  Aperture, 2013

Martin Parr.  Italy.  Lake Garda.  Riva del Garda.  1999.  from Life's a Beach

Martin Parr.  GB.  England.  Kent.  Margate.  1986.  from Life's A Beach.  Aperture, 2013

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Martin Parr.  China.  Shandong Province.  Qingdao.  2010.  from Life's A  Beach.  Aperture,  2013

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Exposing average people in everyday circumstances, Martin Parr's photographs reveal people at rest, people at play, people seeking entertainment, and people pursuing vanity.  His photographs simultaneously capture individuality and conformity. Martin Parr shows us the good, the bad, and the ugly, and reveals all with humor and acceptance.   


About the artist...


Born in Epsom, Surrey, England in UK, in 1952, Martin Parr's grandfather encouraged Martin's interest in photography from a very young age.  

Martin Parr studied photography at Manchester Polytechnic, from 1970 to 1973. In 1994 he became a full member of Magnum Photographic Corporation.

Following his formal education, Martin Parr has worked on numerous photographic projects, and has published over 70 books of his own work. 

In 2002 a large retrospective of Martin Parr’s work was initiated by the Barbicon Art Gallery and the National Media Museum, which toured Europe for 5 years.

Martin Parr was appointed Professor of Photography in 2004 at the University of Wales Newport campus and was Guest Artistic Director for Rencontres D'Arles in 2004.

In 2006 Martin Parr was awarded the Erich Salomon Prize and the resulting Assorted Cocktail show opens at Photokina.

In 2008 Martin Parr was guest curator at New York Photo Festival, curating the New Typologies exhibition.

Parrworld opened at Haus der Kunst, Munich, in 2008. The show exhibited Parr’s own collection of objects, postcards, his personal photography collection of both British and International artists, photo books and finally his own photographs. The exhibition toured Europe for the following 2 years.

At PhotoEspana, 2008, Martin Parr wins the Baume et Mercier award in recognition of his professional career and contributions to contemporary photography.

Martin Parr curated Brighton Photo Biennial that took place in October 2010.

More recently Martin has been working on a 4-year project documenting the Black Country, an area of the English West Midlands, in conjunction with Multistory. He is currently updating the History of the Photobook (Vol 3), and often does much work to promote new photographers.











Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Squeeze In


Apparently I am not the only one with depth perception issues....








Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Not-So-Fine Dining


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The boyfriend's family has been in the restaurant business for many years. Sometimes I ask him questions that I probably shouldn't -- questions like, "Do all restaurants have cockroaches?" He told me that most restaurants have cockroaches at one time or another -- that it is pretty much an inevitability. Food/supplies are delivered from many sources, and if those sources have even one cockroach or one egg in their delivery, they pass the fun on to the restaurants that they supply. UGGHHHHHHHHHHH. This mortifies me beyond belief. But the boyfriend mentioned that if I am ever concerned about this issue (or about any restaurant in particular), I can check the LA County Department of Public Health website which provides a listing of weekly restaurant closures (the listings include the restaurant name, address, closure dates, and reasons for closure). The boyfriend said he checks this list regularly and makes note of restaurants that should be avoided. UGHHHHHHHHHHHH.

P.S. If you click the links above, you will see that many of the restaurant closures are due to VERMIN HARBORAGE and VERMIN INFESTATION. HURL!!!!!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Wet & Wild

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This edition is entirely dedicated to photographs from Fred and Valerie, a couple from Florida who share a passion for wet fun adventure. One is the photographer, one is the model, and water is the medium. They take every opportunity to get wet, no matter what they are wearing or what they are doing, the more spontaneous the better. Public or private, silk or leather, winter or summer none of these elements matter. The adventure is all of this combined.