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Think of England
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Magnum photographer Martin Parr's vision of contemporary England in 100 colour photographs. England has been the key subject of Magnum photographer Martin Parr's work since he started making pictures. Think of England is a comic, opinionated, affectionately satirical, colour-saturated essay about the character of England. It is composed of new work shot in 1999 along with work shot recently for projects on West Bay, British food, and flowers. Quintessentially English himself, Parr's great achievement as a photographer is his ability to transform the obvious into the surprising, reinventing cliches of Englishness as provocative revelations. His tour of obvious England takes in seaside resorts, herbaceous borders, the bring and buy stall, cucumber sandwiches and cups of tea, Ascot and the charity shop, blotchy skin, baked beans and bad footwear...Martin's work has already added to the visual vocabulary of England; this book, his first specifically on the subject of England, stretches it further. Simultaneously affectionate and brutally direct, all the photographs are shot with a ring flash camera (normally used for medical photographs), which has been his medium of choice for the la
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Introductory essay (3,000 words) - writer to be confirmed; 100 colour photographs

About the Author

Martin Parr is arguably Britain's key contemporary photographer, with a unique point of view and unmistakable signature, with a critical and popular following in the worlds of art, fashion and journalism. He has been widely published and exhibited internationally (he is very well known across Europe and about to become a major figure in the USA). Books of his photographs include Bad Weather, The Cost of Living (1991), Small World (1995) and The Last Resort - Photographs of New Brighton (1997). His first Boring Postcards book for Phaidon (1999) was a massive success, both in England and around the world.

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"An accessible and funny study into the soul-searching debate about the very nature of Englishness."-Pride of Britain "Parr provides the definitive picture of English egg-and-chintz."-British Journal of Photography "An affectionately satirical study of the English identity... The effect is both reassuring and disturbing."-Daily Telegraph "100 colour images... that transform the kitsch, the cliched and the common into the sublime."-Evening Standard "A wryly ambivalent amble through the commonplaces of his home country."-New York Times "Zeroing in on the abundant cliches of his green and pleasant land and pushing them as far as they'll go."-The Wall Street Journal "Uses supersaturated colors and a satirical eye to paint a portrait of his motherland that is both comical and despairing."-American Photo

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