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Inspired by Martin Parr

Born in the London suburbs in 1952, Martin Parr has been a member of the Magnum agency since 1994. After studying photography at Manchester Polytechnic, he became interested in documentary photography very early on and was especially fascinated by the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson.

A keen observer of the society around him, Martin Parr comically denounces the excesses of mass tourism, the international jet set and the boredom that seems to emanate from it. His sharp and often ironic gaze focuses on everyday life, from family reunions to sunbathing on British beaches, suburbain life to the consumerism encouraged by shopping centers. Is his artwork a playful satire teasing us, and himself? Or is it a burlesque and a colourful ode to our disillusioned daily lives, our postmodernist obsessions, our dreary distress of boredom? Whatever it be, his style is unique, and even Henri Cartier-Bresson once told him during his 1995 photography exhibition in Paris "you come from another planet." 

Parr's aesthetic of brilliant boredom is defined by grotesque scenes, close-ups, dazzling flashes, a lack of colour editing and a stubborn refusal to search for a smiles.

He has published over 70 photography books and has collaborated on more than 30 publications, including The Photobook: A History and, more recently, Life's a Beach (2013), Martin Parr Paris (2014), and Autoportrait (2015). A collector of postcards and absurd objects, he revealed his curious world during his touring exhibition “Planète Parr," presented in Paris at the Jeu de Paume in 2009. He has received a number of prestigious prizes, including one from the Royal Photographic Society and the Erich Salomon Prize (photojournalism).

He is also the author of several documentaries, inspired from his photo series, which are similar to intimate everyday life movies, illustrating daily life and encounters of the people he has photographed.  

Regarded by the American photographer Alec Soth as "the Jay-Z of photography," Martin Parr established vernacular photography as a legitimate discipline within contemporary photography. At a time where the abuses and reality of Western society had to be denounced, Parr's style has inspired many of his peer photographers to do the same. His aesthetic continues to be relevant today, especially within the context of social media's obsession with the self and oversharing everything from the food we eat to glamorous holiday photos.

In this selection you'll find a selection of artworks by contemporary artists who drew inspiration from this great photographer.

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Gelitin, Untitled, Photography

Gelitin

Untitled, 2000
24.2 x 16.3 inch
Photography

$ 5,208

Lídia Vives, After School, Photography

Lídia Vives

After School, 2015
23.6 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$ 908

Our recommendations Joost Wensveen, Blackrock, Photography

Joost Wensveen

Blackrock, 2015
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 2,422

Genevieve Gaignard, Priscilla, Photography

Genevieve Gaignard

Priscilla, 2015
25 x 21 x 2.8 inch
Photography

$ 5,000

Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Photography

Elliott Erwitt

Untitled, 2000
15.7 x 22.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 2,421

Formento & Formento, Mariann III, Photography

Formento & Formento

Mariann III, 2016
30 x 40 inch
Photography

$ 8,500

Szymon Brzóska, Frankly, my Dear, I Don't Give a Damn, Photography

Szymon Brzóska

Frankly, my Dear, I Don't Give a Damn, 2018
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$ 606

Ludovic Careme, Mostar Bridge, Photography

Ludovic Careme

Mostar Bridge, 1995
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$ 2,398

Our recommendations Jing Wang, Tu sais pourquoi je suis venue en France ?! , Photography

Jing Wang

Tu sais pourquoi je suis venue en France ?! , 2013
21.3 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 2,907

Alexander Chekmenev, Homme fou, Lugansk, Ukraine, Photography

Alexander Chekmenev

Homme fou, Lugansk, Ukraine, 1994
16.9 x 22 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$ 1,247

Baudoin, Angèle, Barbès, 18e arrondissement, Photography

Baudoin

Angèle, Barbès, 18e arrondissement, 2006
9.4 x 9.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$ 509

Serguey Maximishin, Ferry. Crossing Irtysh river, Russia, Photography

Serguey Maximishin

Ferry. Crossing Irtysh river, Russia, 2005
31.5 x 47.2 inch
Photography

$ 6,055

Bryan François, Untilted, Photography

Bryan François

Untilted, 2016
13.8 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$ 363

Richard Heeps, Wende Flamin' Eyeball, Las Vegas, Photography

Richard Heeps

Wende Flamin' Eyeball, Las Vegas, 2001
11 x 16.5 x 0 inch
Photography

$ 199

Richard Heeps, Wendy Resting, Photography

Richard Heeps

Wendy Resting, 2001
11 x 16.5 x 0 inch
Photography

$ 199

Lídia Vives, Playmate, Photography

Lídia Vives

Playmate, 2015
19.7 x 29.5 inch
Photography

$ 908

Lídia Vives, The Rival, Photography

Lídia Vives

The Rival, 2015
19.7 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$ 908

Our recommendations Joost Wensveen, Crowded at sea, Photography

Joost Wensveen

Crowded at sea, 2007
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 4,723

Xavier-Alexandre Pons, Ma grand-mère cubaine, Photography

Xavier-Alexandre Pons

Ma grand-mère cubaine, 1996
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 1,453

Xavier-Alexandre Pons, Histoire d’ailes, Photography

Xavier-Alexandre Pons

Histoire d’ailes, 2006
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 1,453

Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic, Shark portrait I, Photography

Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic

Shark portrait I, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$ 751

Catherine Balet, Looking for the Masters in Ricardo's Golden Shoes #53 (Tribute to Diane Arbus), Photography

Catherine Balet

Looking for the Masters in Ricardo's Golden Shoes #53 (Tribute to Diane Arbus), 2016
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$ 2,543

Catherine Balet, Looking for the Masters in Ricardo's Golden Shoes #36 (Tribute to Lisette Model), Photography

Catherine Balet

Looking for the Masters in Ricardo's Golden Shoes #36 (Tribute to Lisette Model), 2016
11.8 x 9.8 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$ 2,543

Our recommendations Catherine Balet, Looking for the Masters in Ricardo's Golden Shoes #52 (Tribute to William Klein), Photography

Catherine Balet

Looking for the Masters in Ricardo's Golden Shoes #52 (Tribute to William Klein), 2016
9.4 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$ 1,090

Our recommendations Jerome Liebling, Woman with Fur Coat, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, Photography

Jerome Liebling

Woman with Fur Coat, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, 1982
37 x 29.9 inch
Photography

$ 16,000

Théo Gosselin, Lost & Found, Photography

Théo Gosselin

Lost & Found, 2019
15.7 x 21 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$ 1,938

Théo Gosselin, Lost & Found, Photography

Théo Gosselin

Lost & Found, 2019
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$ 424

César Ordóñez, Wild dreams, Kagami Series, Photography

César Ordóñez

Wild dreams, Kagami Series, 2009
14.6 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$ 1,453

César Ordóñez, Ashimoto. Ashimoto series, Photography

César Ordóñez

Ashimoto. Ashimoto series, 2007
12.6 x 18.5 inch
Photography

$ 2,345

Basile Minatchy, Job Lolly, Photography

Basile Minatchy

Job Lolly, 2016
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 1,453

Patrick Smith, Les sables d'Olonne, France, Photography

Patrick Smith

Les sables d'Olonne, France, 2018
39.4 x 53.1 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$ 3,754

Our recommendations Petros Chrisostomou, Wasted Youth (25 Ashbourne Ave), Photography

Petros Chrisostomou

Wasted Youth (25 Ashbourne Ave), 2008
39.4 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Photography

$ 5,450

Mathieu Hémon, La Retraite, Photography

Mathieu Hémon

La Retraite, 2017
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$ 484

Sergey Melnitchenko, Behind the scenes 73, Photography

Sergey Melnitchenko

Behind the scenes 73, 2016
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$ 1,029

Petros Chrisostomou, Duplicate, Photography

Petros Chrisostomou

Duplicate, 2010
13.8 x 10.6 inch
Photography

$ 1,817

Jasminka Keres, Brides 1, Photography

Jasminka Keres

Brides 1, 2013
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$ 2,052

Yang Du, Untitled #27, Tinnitus series, Photography

Yang Du

Untitled #27, Tinnitus series, 2015
11.8 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$ 969

Daniel Waks, Les jumelles, Photography

Daniel Waks

Les jumelles, 2015
23.6 x 21.7 inch
Photography

$ 1,817

Daniel Waks, La solitude, Photography

Daniel Waks

La solitude, 2015
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$ 1,817

Samuel Lugassy, Ivailo & Denis, Photography

Samuel Lugassy

Ivailo & Denis, 2013
31.5 x 25.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 1,304

Michael Serfaty, Escarpin, Photography

Michael Serfaty

Escarpin, 2014
23.6 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$ 2,052

Odile Meylan, Queen Elizabeth 1, Photography

Odile Meylan

Queen Elizabeth 1, 2006
11.8 x 17.7 inch
Photography

$ 1,211

Chiara Dazi, La fille du derby, Photography

Chiara Dazi

La fille du derby, 2009
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$ 1,574

Alain Le Garsmeur, Backgammon Break, Photography

Alain Le Garsmeur

Backgammon Break, 1984
29.9 x 39.8 inch
Photography

$ 1,229

Remi Rebillard, A portrait of love and loss, Photography

Remi Rebillard

A portrait of love and loss, 2014
28.3 x 41.3 inch
Photography

$ 3,149

Paul-Louis Leger, Bain du 1er Janvier, Photography

Paul-Louis Leger

Bain du 1er Janvier, 2012
11.8 x 17.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 1,090

Thiery Beyne, Back - 2, Photography

Thiery Beyne

Back - 2, 2015
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$ 1,574

Hans Kristian Riise, Asian tourist in front of Gudvangen, Photography

Hans Kristian Riise

Asian tourist in front of Gudvangen, 2014
25.2 x 31.1 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$ 3,028

Genevieve Gaignard, Muscle Beach, Photography

Genevieve Gaignard

Muscle Beach, 2016
29 x 42 x 3.1 inch
Photography

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