26.03 > 25.05.2014
Born in 1952, Martin Parr became a member of Magnum Photo since 1994. He started photography 35 years ago and his work is published all over the world. Inspired by Garry Winogrand, Joel Meyerovitz, William Eggleston, and Stephen Shore, the British photographer Martin Parr joined the field of documentary photography.
Between 2011 and 2013, he focused on Paris. These photographies are based on society, mass events, tourism, middle-class and jet-set. He has particularly worked on the tourist crowds in museums, monuments and art fairs. The exhibition presents more than sixty photographs including unpublished images and older ones. Martin Parr doesn't want to analyse his pictures, he shoots. With distance, or without. But always with a provocative irony. He takes photographs as he breathes. More than 500 pictures a day. His eye is attracted to these small details that nobody thinks to capture. Saturated colors, strange perspectives, disturbing close-ups... Expectation can be very far from reality. Martin Parr has always been fascinated by the concept of boredom. For him, tourism is a kind of mythology.
Martin Parr, Paris, Festival en Plein air 1999. Courtesy Martin Parr, Galerie Kamel Mennour.
Maison Européenne de la Photographie -
5/7, rue de Fourcy 75004 Paris – 26.03.2014>25.05.2014- Wednesday to Sunday, 11am>8pm - 01 44 78 75 00 - www.mep-fr.org- http://slash-paris.com/evenements/martin-parr-paris