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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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Our recommendations Joost Wensveen, Blackrock, Photography

Joost Wensveen

Blackrock, 2015
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,187

Gelitin, Untitled, Photography

Gelitin

Untitled, 2000
24.2 x 16.3 inch
Photography

$4,950

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

$1,036

Stephan Lupino, 80's in NY #1, Photography

Stephan Lupino

80's in NY #1, 1980
11.8 x 7.9 inch
Photography

$979

César Ordóñez, Ashimoto. Ashimoto series, Photography

César Ordóñez

Ashimoto. Ashimoto series, 2007
12.6 x 18.5 inch
Photography

$2,229

Karine Marenne, Museal Fitness 01, Photography

Karine Marenne

Museal Fitness 01, 2006
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$1,382

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

$5,181

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

$2,763

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

Serguey Maximishin

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

$5,756

Alexander Chekmenev, Homme fou, Lugansk, Ukraine, Photography

Alexander Chekmenev

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

$1,186

Stojan Kerbler, Haloze Man, Photography

Stojan Kerbler

Haloze Man, 1973
10 x 14.8 inch
Photography

$760

Matjaz Tancic, 3DPRK. Portraits from Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Photography

Matjaz Tancic

3DPRK. Portraits from Democratic People's Republic of Korea, 2014
23.6 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$1,036

Ludovic Careme, Mostar Bridge, Photography

Ludovic Careme

Mostar Bridge, 1995
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$2,279

Baudoin, Angèle, Barbès, 18e arrondissement, Photography

Baudoin

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

$484

Bryan François, Untilted, Photography

Bryan François

Untilted, 2016
13.8 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$345

Our recommendations Joost Wensveen, Crowded at sea, Photography

Joost Wensveen

Crowded at sea, 2007
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$3,799

Richard Heeps, Wendy Resting, Photography

Richard Heeps

Wendy Resting, 2001
11 x 16.5 x 0 inch
Photography

$202

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

Richard Heeps

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

$202

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

$2,418

José Nicolas, Burkina , Photography

José Nicolas

Burkina , 1998
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,993

Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Photography

Elliott Erwitt

Untitled, 2000
15.7 x 22.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,301

Lídia Vives, After School, Photography

Lídia Vives

After School, 2015
23.6 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$863

Basile Minatchy, Job Lolly, Photography

Basile Minatchy

Job Lolly, 2016
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,382

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

César Ordóñez, Wild dreams, Kagami Series, Photography

César Ordóñez

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

$1,382

Lídia Vives, The Rival, Photography

Lídia Vives

The Rival, 2015
19.7 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$863

Lídia Vives, Playmate, Photography

Lídia Vives

Playmate, 2015
19.7 x 29.5 inch
Photography

$863

Our recommendations Karine Marenne, Le nouvel humanisme 01, Photography

Karine Marenne

Le nouvel humanisme 01, 2008
35.4 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$2,303

Karine Marenne, Caravan of Love 02, Photography

Karine Marenne

Caravan of Love 02, 2007
29.5 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$2,072

Our recommendations Karine Marenne, Museal Fitness #02, Photography

Karine Marenne

Museal Fitness #02, 2006
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,382

Mathieu Hémon, La Retraite, Photography

Mathieu Hémon

La Retraite, 2017
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$461

Our recommendations Karine Marenne, Museal Fitness #04, Photography

Karine Marenne

Museal Fitness #04, 2006
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,382

Gil Rigoulet, England 70'-80' #12, Photography

Gil Rigoulet

England 70'-80' #12, 1983
9.4 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$806

Gil Rigoulet, England 70'-80' #3, Photography

Gil Rigoulet

England 70'-80' #3, 1983
19.7 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,727

Jasminka Keres, Brides 1, Photography

Jasminka Keres

Brides 1, 2013
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,950

Matjaz Krivic, Digging the Future #1, Photography

Matjaz Krivic

Digging the Future #1, 2015
35.8 x 48 inch
Photography

$1,727

Formento & Formento, Mariann III, Photography

Formento & Formento

Mariann III, 2016
30 x 40 inch
Photography

$8,500

Petros Chrisostomou, Duplicate, Photography

Petros Chrisostomou

Duplicate, 2010
13.8 x 10.6 inch
Photography

$1,727

Sergey Melnitchenko, Behind the scenes 73, Photography

Sergey Melnitchenko

Behind the scenes 73, 2016
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$979

Yang Du, Untitled #27, Tinnitus series, Photography

Yang Du

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

$921

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

$1,036

Alexander Chekmenev, Luhansk, Ukraine, Photography

Alexander Chekmenev

Luhansk, Ukraine, 1995
8.7 x 11 x 0 inch
Photography

$230

Odile Meylan, Queen Elizabeth 1, Photography

Odile Meylan

Queen Elizabeth 1, 2006
11.8 x 17.7 inch
Photography

$1,136

Michael Serfaty, Escarpin, Photography

Michael Serfaty

Escarpin, 2014
23.6 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$1,950

Daniel Waks, Les jumelles, Photography

Daniel Waks

Les jumelles, 2015
23.6 x 21.7 inch
Photography

$1,727

Daniel Waks, La solitude, Photography

Daniel Waks

La solitude, 2015
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,727

Thiery Beyne, Back - 2, Photography

Thiery Beyne

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

$1,497

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

$2,993

Chiara Dazi, La fille du derby, Photography

Chiara Dazi

La fille du derby, 2009
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$1,497

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

$1,612 $2,303

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