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Early Work by Martin Parr Goes on Show in London

Simon Skinner - 6 years ago

Largely unrecognisable to most as the explosion of colour that largely defines the bulk of Martin Parr’s photography, there’s a rare opportunity to see a collection of his early, B&W works, courtesy of The Photographers’ Gallery in London

Tom Greenwood cleaning, Hangingroyd Road, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England, UK, 1975. From The Non-Conformist

Kicking off from the 3rd March, The Ceremony of Life brings together rarely seen black and white images from three series of work; Fair Day, Bad Weather, and Non-Conformist, all produced in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The collections were captured as Martin travelled across the Britain, from Ireland to Yorkshire and then from Sussex to Merseyside.

Dingle races, County Kerry, Ireland, 1983. From A Fair Day

40 years on from Martin’s first exhibition at the gallery in 1977, this exhibition is a reminder of what Martin does best; displaying the most usual of everyday British life in the most imaginative style.

Mayflower Ball, Drumshanbo, County Leitrim, Ireland, 1983. From A Fair Day

THE CEREMONY OF LIFE

Early Works by Martin Parr

3 Mar – 23 Apr 2017

The Photographers’ Gallery London

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Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.