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Early Works by Martin Parr

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The Photographers’ Gallery of London presents rarely seen black and white prints from world-renowned British photographer Martin Parr. 3 March until 23 April, 2017.

Parr (b. 1952) is best known for his acerbic, bold, colour portraits charting the customs and peculiarities of British culture with wry wit and trademark unflinching gaze. These early works – taken in the 1970s and early 1980s – reveal a gentler, less critical lens, unearthing a young photographer with superlative observational skills, passionate about capturing the unsung rituals of everyday life.

‘The Ceremony of Life: Early Works by Martin Parr’ features images from Parr’s first major series’ and photo books, including, ‘Bad Weather’ (1975-1982), ‘Fair Day’ (1980-1983) and ‘Non-Conformist’ (published in 2013). The rare monochromatic prints – Parr finally abandoned black and white photography in 1986 – faithfully and tenderly chronicle the vernacular of people and landscapes across Yorkshire, Sussex, Dublin and the west coast of Ireland. His subject matter encompasses services at nonconformist chapels, locals caught in downpours, seaside leisure activities and teatime community gatherings both preserving and reframing the familiar.

The exhibition is presented in collaboration with Rocket Gallery, London.

Please find more information at The Photographers’ Gallery

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