Over the last few nights I have been preparing for my next exercise by looking at various examples of work by famous british photographers.
I read about Martin Parr, an english photographer who is a well know documentary photographer.
After reading a few articles about his I found that one of the most surprising things about his images were the comments that in some of his images he was just exploiting the working people of the UK, especially in a series of images called New Brighton in 1986.
What was interesting is that he said that he just took images of what he saw.
Of the many images I looked at I chose these two. I don’t think that he was exploiting the people who appear in the images, people may say that the bottom image , with the people sitting in the shelter surrounded in rubbish, does not show them in a very good light, but I’m sure they didn’t drop the litter and that they hated the look of the place just as much.
In a further interview that I watched he said that as a photographer his job , as the photographer was to turn the detail in a scene into an image that people will enjoy.
He also makes interesting comments about portrait photography.
No Worries: Martin Parr – FotoFreo 2012
can be found here