Bringing together some of Martin Parr’s best-known photographs with new work never exhibited before, this exhibition focuses on one of his most engaging subjects – people.
Featuring portraits of people from around the world, the exhibition examines national identity today, both in the UK and abroad with a special focus on Martin Parr’s wry observations of Britishness. Britain in the time of Brexit will be the focus of one section, featuring new works, which reveal Parr’s take on the social climate in the aftermath of the EU referendum.
Although best known for capturing ordinary people, Parr has also photographed celebrities throughout his career. For the first time Only Human: Martin Parr will reveal a selection of portraits of renowned personalities, most of which have never been exhibited before, including British fashion legends Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith, contemporary artists Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry and world-renowned football player Pelé.
Other new works reveal the quirks of leisure activities today, a subject Parr has explored since the 1980s. Parr photographs trips to the beach, tennis tournaments – from Wimbledon to the US Open – and a day at the races, to reveal the eccentricities of everyday life. Other photographs capture the infectious joy of dancing, an everyday activity enjoyed by people across the globe.
The exhibition will also feature the unforgettable self-portraits Parr has made throughout his career. Works on display include his Photo Escultura, a group of shrine-like carved photo-sculptures, based on Parr’s likeness and commissioned from the last remaining traditional maker in Mexico City, which have never been exhibited in the UK before.