Martin Parr: Mexico

Martin Parr: Mexico
Library Shelf Location ABC-PARR
Publication Date 2006

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This is Martin Parr’s journey into and beyond the clichés of Mexico – a photographic enquiry into the battle being fought out on the streets of Mexico between visual cultures: Mexican vernacular versus the brands of American and global consumerism. While we are at once in recognizable territory – many of the series’ visual themes will be familiar to Parr fans, including colorful and mocking close ups of food, hats, signs and souvenirs, garishly shot with medical efficiency – there are new motifs here too. For instance, the series includes portraits of Mexican working men sporting baseball caps with American logos; what is surprising for Parr is how he grips us with straight records of human faces, with photographer and subject both in the act of mutual contemplation. Parr’s Mexico photographs are typically comic and direct, balancing affection and rudeness towards his subjects. His essay offers a critique of globalization, even while Parr is clearly captivated by the visual pollution it generates.

ISBN 9780954689483
Quantity 1
Pages 88
Author Rogelio Villarreal
Format Hardback
Publisher Chris Boot Ltd
Related Artist Martin Parr
Categories Artists' Books, Photography, BALTIC Artists' Book Collection (by appointment)
Artist's Nationality British/UK
Language English

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