Think of England

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Phaidon Press, Nov 1, 2004 - Business & Economics - 125 pages
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Comic, opinionated and affectionately satirical photographs of England by the Magnum photographer.
England has been a key subject of Magnum photographer Martin Parr's work since he started taking pictures. Think of England is a comic, opinionated, affectionately satirical, colour-saturated photo-essay about the identity of England.
As Scotland and Wales consolidate their status as nations and Great Britain begins to unravel, this book of new work contributes to the debate about what it means to be English. Quintessentially English himself, Parr's great achievement as a photographer is his ability to transform the obvious into the surprising, reinventing clichés of Englishness as provocative revelations. His tour of obvious England takes in Ascot and the charity shop, seaside resorts, herbaceous borders, the bring-and-buy stall, cucumber sandwiches and cups of tea, baked beans and bad footwear.
Parr's work has already added to the visual vocabulary of England; this book, his first specifically on the subject of England, stretches it further. Simultaneously affectionate and brutally direct, all the photographs are shot with a ring flash camera (more usually used for medical photographs), which has been his medium of choice for the last four years.

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User Review  - Caroline - Goodreads

Supersaturated...... bold and iconic...... glorious and inglorious..... The sum of this book is greater than its parts. A wonderful shouting poem of photographs that celebrates life. It makes me proud to be British. Read full review

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User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

Martin Parr has a great sense of humor and perspective. I want to see more. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Martin Parr has worked on numerous photographic projects and developed an international reputation for his innovative imagery, his oblique approach to social documentary, and his input to photographic culture within the UK and abroad. In 1994 he joined Magnum Photo Agency. In 2002 a large retrospective was initiated by the Barbican Art and is touring internationally through to 2008.

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