British Identity in the Photos of Martin Parr

British Identity in the Photos of Martin Parr
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“Britishness” according to Martin Parr from Christ's Hospital to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the rituals of British society and the eccentric habits of daily life. Normal people along with subjects never displayed before, legends of modern British style such as Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith, as well as contemporary artists like Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry and world-famous football great, Pelé. The through-line of Only Human, on display at the National Portrait Gallery, is the national identity, even in the times of Brexit, with a look at the English abroad, too. From free-time activities, a topic which Parr has explored since the ‘80s, to tennis tournaments, the shots of the British photo journalist, President of Magnum Photos International from 2013 to 2017, take visitors on a journey rich with locations and colours in which the public universe intersects with the private sphere. There are even images in which the contagious joy of dance makes way for self-portraits. Among the works on display are the Photo Escultura, a series of sculptures, similar to sanctuaries, on display for the first time in the United Kingdom.
Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London