Boring postcards

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Phaidon, Oct 18, 2000 - Antiques & Collectibles - 176 pages
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In Boring Postcards Magnum photographer and postcard enthusiast Martin Parr brought together 160 of the dullest postcards of 50s, 60s and 70s Britain to make a book that was, contrary to the conceit of its title, both fascinating and extremely funny. It was one of those ideas that seemed so obvious that no one could believe it hadn't been done before, and it caught the public imagination in a big way. In Britain Boring Postcards was discussed everywhere from daytime TV shows to art and design magazines, from local newspapers and radio stations (outraged that their town should be labelled 'boring'), to Time magazine.

Now Martin Parr has turned his attention to the USA for a new book of Boring Postcards. Just as before, for a postcard to qualify as sufficiently 'boring', either its composition, its content, or the characters featured must be arguably boring or the photograph must be absent of anything which might conventionally be described as interesting.

As the study of postcards becomes a field of academic interest, this book offers more than amusement: as a folk art recording of the non-places and non-events of the postwar America, it reveals poignant insights into its social, cultural and architectural values.

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User Review  - Spoonbridge - LibraryThing

As a postcard aficionado, I have long admired the art of the postcard (or at least the art of selecting the best image to represent place), so I really appreciated the quirky mix of aesthetic and pure ... Read full review

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User Review  - jon1lambert - LibraryThing

Many of these postcards are not boring in my view. Take the Market Centre, Scunthorpe, the Butts Shopping Centre, Reading and the Foyer, Ocean Hotel, Sandown, Isle of Wight as just three examples. They are period pieces of great social history value. Read full review

About the author (2000)

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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