The World Photography Organisation, the global platform for photography initiatives, has announced British documentary photographer Martin Parr as the recipient of its Outstanding Contribution to Photography title. To coincide with the Sony World Photography Awards, a specially curated exhibition of rarely seen black and white images from Martin Parr’s early career will be presented.
Held at the prestigious Somerset House, London, the Exhibition 2017 is your chance to see the winning, shortlisted and commended images from the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards. Specifically, you will see spectacular imagery from around the world that brings to London a complete celebration of photography by showcasing a variety of genres from Architecture, Daily life, Documentary, Landscape, Portraiture, Sports, Street Photography, Wildlife and many more.
During the Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr Exhibition 2017 which is curated by Zelda Cheatle, three rooms at the prestigious Somerset House, London, will be dedicated to the photographs, books and films of Martin Parr.
The rooms will begin with a selection of rarely seen images from Parr’s Abandoned Morris Minors series, shot in the West Coast of Ireland between 1980 and 1983. Original posters for the first exhibition of this work will also be on show. In will be contrasted with some of Parr’s best loved images that each focus on global tourism.
According to Zelda Cheatle, “Most people recognise the Martin Parr 'style' of daylight flash, his ability particularly to capture the English at work, at rest and at play - the humdrum and everyday - and transfigure this into a mixture of wry observation and social irony. As I have known Martin Parr's work from early days, I was keen to show his (mostly unknown) gentle black and white pictures from the West Coast of Ireland. These photographs of abandoned Morris Minors show a real affection for the landscape of Ireland.''
Black and white photography characterised Martin Parr’s early work and his move to the strong use of colour photography in the 1980’s, for which he has become synonymous.
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