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Martin Parr

Martin Parr
Born (1952-05-23) 23 May 1952 (age 64)
Epsom, Surrey, England, UK
Nationality English
Education Manchester Polytechnic
Known for Photography
Awards Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (FRPS) in 2005;[1] Centenary Medal from the Royal Photographic Society in 2008[2]

I just go out and try to make sense of the world around me.
In New York, you have the street; in the U.K., we have the beach. I end up being like a migrating bird, being attracted to it.
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There are 65 to 70 photography galleries in New York alone. In the U.K., there are no more than five, and they're all in London.
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We live in a homogenized world, where it's hard to get excited when everything is slick and professional. The interesting things are the dull things.
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I am not as cross about Thatcher now as I was in the '80s. Begrudgingly, I can see that some of her policies helped modernise Britain.
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I am not a huge follower of music and tend to like one CD and play it to death, usually when I am washing up.
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Taking photos is a form of collecting.
I never think of photographs as being individual. Always as a group.
Filming is always a challenge because I'm not used to it. But I approach it head-on. I'm not technically brilliant, but it's the spirit that counts.
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The thing about tourism is that the reality of a place is quite different from the mythology of it.
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Choosing sepia is all to do with trying to make the image look romantic and idealistic. It's sort of a soft version of propaganda.
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I am away so much, so I rarely see live TV, but I use iPlayer to catch programmes.
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I don't like being flattered. It doesn't suit my English sensibilities. Remember, we are the great country of understatement.
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Wealthy people have not disappeared, they are just not so willing to show off their wealth.
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Fashion pictures show people looking glamorous. Travel pictures show a place looking at its best, nothing to do with the reality. In the cookery pages, the food always looks amazing, right? Most of the pictures we consume are propaganda.
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I photograph wealth.
One of the things I regret is that magazines now are so lifestyle-orientated that the opportunity to do bigger projects is gone. This is a serious misjudgment on the part of magazine editors.
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My black-and-white work is more of a celebration, and the color work became more of a critique of society.
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I pride myself in being an aficionado of the British seaside. Throughout my career, I have visited and worked in many of the famous British resorts, from Great Yarmouth to Largs.
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Over the years, I have perfected the art of dancing and photographing at the same time: it's a great double act. If you're dancing, you are joining in. If you stand there rigid, you are not in the flow of things.
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Part of the role of photography is to exaggerate, and that is an aspect that I have to puncture. I do that by showing the world as I really find it.
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Dictators are interesting, no?
I do read many of the photography magazines from the U.K. and abroad.
Criticism is hypocrisy; society is hypocrisy. I'm a tourist. I'm a consumer. I do the things that I photograph and can be criticized of.
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TV-makers usually don't know much about photography.
When I visited Vietnam for Oxfam, the thing that really struck me was how the local farmers had to prepare to evacuate or climb to their mezzanines with their valuable family possessions.
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The knack is to find your own inspiration and take it on a journey to create work that is personal and revealing.
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Most of us, when we go out with a camera in our own country, try to find exotic subject matter to photograph.
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Sepia in particular tends to make everything look a bit romantic and almost sentimental, hence the fact that it remains such a popular choice for wedding photographs.
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As we travel around Britain, I am convinced most of us cannot really appreciate what we are seeing. We take too much for granted, because it is all so familiar.
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Personally, I don't take holidays; I go on trips. My idea of relaxing is taking a trip that isn't commissioned. I'll work just as hard, but without that nagging pressure of fulfilling a commission. Now that's what I call a holiday.
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Sometimes you feel uncomfortable taking a photograph, but that's all part of the job.
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In the '70s, in Britain, if you were going to do serious photography, you were obliged to work in black-and-white. Color was the palette of commercial photography and snapshot photography.
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Photography is the simplest thing in the world, but it is incredibly complicated to make it really work.
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You can't shoot in sepia, so converting into black and white and then into brown makes everything feel less real.
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I get up early and open my emails, write cheques, and answer the phone; whatever needs to be done.
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I love curating, because I'm lucky and privileged that I have a platform and I can share my discoveries with other people.
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If there is any jarring at all in my photographs, it's because we are so used to ingesting pictures of everywhere looking beautiful.
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The trouble with Hollywood films is that they always have a pleasant ending.
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Most of the photographs people take with their cameraphones are of little value in terms of documentary.
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I am kept awake by the list of possibilities for shooting more photos and deciding what I must prioritise next.
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I would urge everyone to start looking at the world in a different way. Spend some time looking at everyday objects, at their design, their shape, their individual characteristics. Think ahead and imagine their significance.
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The idea of England in decline is very attractive.
The ability for us to laugh at ourselves is Britain's saving grace.
Places change all the time, and the type of people who live there change.
Modern technology has taken the angst out of achieving the perfect shot. For me, the only thing that counts is the idea behind the image: what you want to see and what you're trying to say. The idea is crucial. You have to think of something you want to say and expand upon it.
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Photographers never want to talk about the fact that they may well be in decline. It's the greatest taboo subject of all.
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There are elements of irony in my work, of course.
My profile is bigger in Europe than it is in the U.K.
For those aspiring to make a living from travel photography, it's a sad fact that the boring shots are the shots that are going to make you money.
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Photography is, by its nature, exploitative. It's whether you use this process with a sense of responsibility or not. I feel that I do so. My conscience is clear.
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We live in a difficult but inspiring world, and there is so much out there that I want to record.
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When I am in London, all I do is mix with other people in the arts.
My biggest television weakness is 'Dragons' Den.'
I am a big fan of Jim Jarmusch, and I do love big screen documentaries.
I like to keep in touch with younger photographers. It's important that a younger generation comes up and questions the assumptions made by old farts like me.
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I avoid Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and if I need to communicate with someone, I email direct.
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I always take photographs when I attend a funeral. Most people there know who I am and expect me to be there with my camera.
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I think the ordinary is a very under-exploited aspect of our lives because it is so familiar.
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When I fly British Airways, I can't help but read the free Daily Mail, which makes me glad I am leaving the country.
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You can easily take photographs at a wedding – no one would question it. But funerals are different.
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My father was an obsessive bird-watcher. The genes of observation passed down.
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Of course, New Brighton is very shabby, very rundown, but people still go there because it's the place where you take kids out on a Sunday.
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The thing about tourism is that the reality of a place is quite different from the mythology of it.
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I have been photographing people dancing for 20 or 30 years now, and I think I will eventually do a book of dancing photos.
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I toyed with the notion of being an actor, and am so glad that this whim did not go any further.
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Margaret Thatcher was very good for the arts in so far as it gave people a real focus for something to be against.
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I would drown in objects if I didn't have the ability to photograph them.
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When someone says to you, 'Oh, I don't take a good picture,' what they mean is they haven't come to terms with how they look. They take a fine picture, it's just that their image of how they think they look is not in touch with the reality.
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By default, I am a travel photographer. I work on a combination of commissions and personal projects that take me around the world.
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I photograph people as I find them. But people have issues about how they look.
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Tourism is the biggest industry in the world.
If you go to the supermarket and buy a package of food and look at the photo on the front, the food never looks like that inside, does it? That is a fundamental lie we are sold every day.
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