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Martin Parr at the Sony awards

Just out of Martin Parr's hilarious talk at the Sony Awards in London.

My favourite quote: when asked about the technical aspects of how he took photographs he said "I say put it on 'P' and just shoot away. It's about telling stories, you know"
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Re: Martin Parr at the Sony awards

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Just out of Martin Parr's hilarious talk at the Sony Awards in London.

My favourite quote: when asked about the technical aspects of how he took photographs he said "I say put it on 'P' and just shoot away. It's about telling stories, you know"
Right on, baby!
He's a brilliant visual story teller, that's for sure, however I would have asked whether he's a zone focus man and how that melds with 'P' mode. AF is just too slow for capturing the decisive moment, and as far as I'm aware the two (zone and P) do not mix.
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Re: Martin Parr at the Sony awards

Well, I got him to sign my 'Last Resorts' and also my copy of his limited edition monograph on 'Abandoned Morris Minors of the west of Ireland' (as you do) and I was able to have a chat about all the knackered ones we saw last month in Sri Lanka, and suggested he should do a second volume!
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Re: Martin Parr at the Sony awards

I would have loved to have been at this event!
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Re: Martin Parr at the Sony awards

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He's a brilliant visual story teller, that's for sure, however I would have asked whether he's a zone focus man and how that melds with 'P' mode. AF is just too slow for capturing the decisive moment, and as far as I'm aware the two (zone and P) do not mix.
All depends upon your preferred method of working I guess. Surely AF is effective if you anticipate the decisive moment and focus on the main subject(s) just before it happens? Back button focus seems ideal for this.
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Re: Martin Parr at the Sony awards

If you were a fan of Kai on Digital Rev TV you might be entertained by his interview with Martin Parr before the same event.
If you weren't and many aren't then you probably wont...


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If you weren't and many aren't then you probably wont...

I MET MARTIN PARR! Q&A - YouTube

4m05s Not a fan of film
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What a nice, unassuming guy is Martin Parr.
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What a nice, unassuming guy is Martin Parr.
It's only now that he's getting recognised as the national treasure he is becoming.

He came in for a lot of stick over his early work being allegedly too negative and demeaning of its subjects - e.g. The Last Resort - but almost always if you study and think about the images he's actually being positive about what he shows, especially its humanity. So, The Last Resort is a celebration of genuine, attractive British people enjoying their days by the sea under less-than ideal circumstances, which are not of their making (i.e. Thatcher's Britain).

His critics confused a political message (which I accept he does also have) with his respect for real people.
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Re: Martin Parr at the Sony awards

I think Parr's Last Resort was influenced by the brilliant work of Tony Ray-Jones. Sadly passed away at the tender age of 30 in 1972 (leukaemia).
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Re: Martin Parr at the Sony awards

Martin Parr is on record as being a huge admirer of Tony Ray-Jones. Parr curated this exhibition:

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visi...nly_in_england

(which I am somewhat horrified to see was 3 years ago!) with a great selection of T R-J's original prints, a selection of MP's early work, and a section of previously unseen T R-J photos that MP had made from the negatives.

It was one of the most interesting exhibitions I have ever seen.

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Re: Martin Parr at the Sony awards

T R-J also produced a credible piece of work based on the Brits enjoying themeselves at the seaside. I was blown away and consequently visited the exhibition twice.
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Re: Martin Parr at the Sony awards

You and me both, Steve. I'm not a great fan of That London (*) and tend not to visit without a very good reason so going to see the exhibition twice says a lot about how impressed I was.

At the time of the exhibition I couldn't find a book with Martin Parr's early B&W photos in. A little while afterwards I found "The Non-Conformists" in the evil bookshop at the Photographer's Gallery:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Martin-Parr.../dp/1597112453

It is a lovely book.

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Re: Martin Parr at the Sony awards

The non-conformists shows the diversity of Parr.

(I'm tempted to purchase a copy, but first I need to conduct a structural analysis of the bookcase! My wife reckons I could open a library!)
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Re: Martin Parr at the Sony awards

I remember Martin Parr exploring the upper Calder Valley Hebden Bridge when he was at Manchester. A really nice guy. A lot of the place's he pictured have altered a great deal over the years. Still a great area though.
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