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Photographer Martin's work captures the human spirit

By Herald Express  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

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MARTIN PARR — PHOTOBIOGRAPHY

★★★★★

Exeter Phoenix

IT SAYS a lot that photographer Martin Parr (pictured) can sell out an auditorium on a rainy Wednesday night on the second week of January.

But with a career that stretches back to the 1970s, he has become one of Britain's most important and best-loved photographers.

Based in Bristol, but with work exhibited all over the world and a well used passport, his work captures a common thread — the human condition.

Martin says he is interested in the difference of the myth of a place and the reality.

And he tells the reality by dwelling on the banality and humdrum of everyday life.

For him, real life isn't captured in photographs of exceptional events, like weddings and birthdays, but by the stuff in between.

And he grabs us with a wry humour we all recognise.

That's why there are pictures of people at the filling station or an average living room laid out for a tuppaware party or seagulls dragging chip wrappers out of bins. That's us. And we all know it.

The talk is an event organised by the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World at Haldon.

Examples of Parr's work features in an exhibition called Games People Play Part II being held at the centre until February 2013.

HANNAH FINCH

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