Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers

Martin Parr curates an exhibition capturing life in modern Britain but – in an intriguing twist – as seen from a foreign perspective.

Photographers from across Europe, Asia and the Americas feature: Henri Cartier-Bresson documents the euphoria of King George VI’s coronation, Sergio Larrain captures London’s dizzying transformation during the post war years, Hans van der Meer celebrates the rallying spirit of lower league football, and Tina Barney discovers life in Britain’s upper classes.

The display highlights how these photographers were inspired by their experiences in Britain and the effect this had on their approach to image making.

Venue details

Barbican Art Gallery Level 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street London EC2Y 8DS 020 7638 8891

Entry details

£8 with National Art Pass (standard entry £12)

Art Gallery
Daily, 11am – 8pm (Thu & Fri until 9pm)

The Curve
Daily, 10am – 6pm (Thu & Fri until 9pm)

Closed 24-28 Dec and 1 Jan

Reviews (1)

  • Jess, Hove
  • 2 June 2016 - 11:09
  • It was amazing to see how the exhibition showed so much diversity and change of our culture- I did not expect to see so many images! I was most captivated by the images on the upper floor; older than the other photos, and hence were mostly in black and white. I felt this connected the photos to seem more like a larger collection that formed a communal sharing of such emotive events, both significant and obscure. It really helped to educate me on events that I was not old enough to see. It makes me wonder about the significance of events that I have captured through a lens recently