A sharply satirical eye and uncanny ability to find the extraordinary in the
ordinary have made eccentric British photographer Martin Parr a figure of international
repute. This snapper of seaside scenes and suburban semis has come a long way
since his days as a photographer at Butlins. Today he is considered by many
to be the most influential British photographer of his generation.
Capturing thirty years of radical social change, he has trained a distinctly
ironic lense to convey a vision of Britain that is both disturbing and amusing
by turns. His retrospective, recently at the Barbican, is currently on a world
tour of cities as diverse as Madrid, Tokyo and Mexico. This exhibition demonstrates
how unerringly his pictures have captured three decades of quintessentially
Parr has published more than thirty-six well-received photographic books, executed
numerous influential magazine commissions, shot a video for the Pet Shop Boys,
and directed a series of high profile commercial campaigns.
Imagine follows Martin Parr with his camera and at his home, to paint a portrait
of this former train spotter, and darling of commercials and media, who sees
his lifes work as cataloguing the world. Along the way, he takes Alan
Yentob on a tour of the diverse collections that vye for space in his cluttered
Bristol home, amongst them Saddam Hussein watches, Spice Girl crisp packets,
and assorted wall papers.
Switch on to BBC One Wednesday 3 December 2003 10.35-11.15pm for Imagine....
The World According to Parr