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Comments on: Martin Parr’s “Mexico” http://2point8.whileseated.org/2006/09/08/martin-parrs-mexico/ A wide-open view of the practice of street photography by Michael David Murphy, While Seated. Thu, 15 Dec 2011 18:48:58 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 By: “DEAR LEADER” » El señor Martin… http://2point8.whileseated.org/2006/09/08/martin-parrs-mexico/comment-page-1/#comment-37669 Mon, 15 Oct 2007 06:17:17 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=79#comment-37669 […] See what I mean go to his site and click on recent work and if you happen to disagree, tough shit. More weight to my bullshitt. […]

By: admin http://2point8.whileseated.org/2006/09/08/martin-parrs-mexico/comment-page-1/#comment-1595 Thu, 14 Sep 2006 17:05:06 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=79#comment-1595 I’ve updated this entry with images.

By: admin http://2point8.whileseated.org/2006/09/08/martin-parrs-mexico/comment-page-1/#comment-1581 Tue, 12 Sep 2006 20:35:49 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=79#comment-1581 PR’s photo of Parr, in action:

By: admin http://2point8.whileseated.org/2006/09/08/martin-parrs-mexico/comment-page-1/#comment-1574 Tue, 12 Sep 2006 04:33:26 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=79#comment-1574 Thanks for reading, Paul. I’m no expert, but I have a vague sense that Parr’s work is shifting to purely conceptual. That the effectiveness of the work is completely predicated on how successful the concept is executed, rather than whether or not the photographs can stand on their own.

I’m interested to see more of his “Last Parking Spot” project, even though you can tell, without seeing an image from it, that it’s completely conceptual.

Then again, what does conceptual mean, anyway?

By: Paul Russell http://2point8.whileseated.org/2006/09/08/martin-parrs-mexico/comment-page-1/#comment-1559 Sun, 10 Sep 2006 09:37:56 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=79#comment-1559 I agree with the review, I think! Parr’s view of the world seems to be so nailed down now that before the book came out you could be pretty sure of the contents. A skull in the sand with a McDonald’s in the background maybe? Many of the pictures look like retreads of previous ones, as if Parr is working through a familiar box of tricks.

I’m sure photographers all have some pictures that they imagine and hope to actually take one day; and some familiar themes and techniques that they’re drawn to; but I think there’s a third category – every so often a picture that you could never have imagined presents itself, one that seems to come from outer space. In other words, you have abandoned your preconceptions for a moment, just started looking anew and see something that you find exciting. And that picture can lead somewhere else.

But because Parr knows exactly what he expects to find in Benidorm, Mexico, Ascot or wherever he seems to have lost the capacity for that wonder or surprise.

Also, the blank, posed portraits seem like an attempt to balance up the frustration of the “back of heads/never seeing a face” sort of approach that Parr seems to often employ, e.g. in Think of England.