The Ken Loach of photography, the Cartier-Bresson of our times,
Martin Parr debuted back in the 70’s with black and white images portraying the decline of traditional ways of life in the picturesque Yorkshire mill town of Hebden Bridge.
Because as he says, “Color was the palette of commercial and snapshot photography back then.”
His revolution, as strong as cinema's switch to technicolor, did not come until a decade later, using amateur film ( fuji 400 / Agfa ultra or fuji 100 asa film ) and macro lenses combined with flash.
The pure and sharp analytical eye of Martin Parr does not seek to make a political statement but rather document life with a keen eye for British quirks, anticipating the tremendously poignant sense of humour for which he and his images have become known.
As he says ‘ I often think of what I photograph as a soap opera in which I'm waiting for the right cast to fall into place’.
40 years later, the eye and the poignant realism of his work is as strong as ever,
5 questions and one image for the collector, publisher, documentarian,
professor - and, last but not least, President of Magnum Photo - Sir. Martin Parr.
ENGLAND by Bruce Gilden
Although I was a late converter to the likes of Instagram, I have never discovered someone new that's knocked my socks off.
Osama Bin Laden is dead skateboard.
I wish I'd been in NY for 9/11.
The bottom line is , that despite all the other activities, being an actual photographer is still number 1.