The High Museum of Art commissioned Martin Parr to document Atlanta as part of its Picturing the South project—a series of artist commissions that engage with the American South. Channeling his unparalleled ability to collate humor, wit, and curiosity into his heavily socio-cultural photographs, Parr captured the oddities and eccentricities of contemporary Americana.
British-born Parr, whose photography career spans over 30 years, is known for his provocative documentary style by using cultural criticism through an exaggerated and humorous light. His analysis of how we live is not simply satire, as Parr offers his audience an approach to seeing which acts not to denounce, but to highlight (both aesthetically and thematically) patterns between people, the things we consume and the milieus in which we live.
The outcome of the museum’s commission offers a vivid, comedic and touching perspective on the diversity that lies in Atlanta. Parr covers a large body of subject matter in his findings, which ranges from the high and low—juxtaposing images from a gallery opening to an oddly lengthy corn dog on a stick. Parr’s images offer insight which would only be found through the lens of a meticulous and curious outsider.
Beyond the exhibition at the High Museum of Art, Italian publisher Contrasto released a book, Up and Down Peachtree: Photographs of Atlanta, and a documetary, Hot Spots: Martin Parr in the American South. The book, a meticulously edited and impeccably designed object in its own right, is printed without text beyond the book’s title and colophon—which, undeniably, is a testament to Parr’s talent for storytelling. The documentary is a 60-minute lens behind the lens where documentarian Neal Broffman followed Parr photographing around Atlanta. The documentary includes interviews with noted curators, writers, critics and photographers, and offers a look into at Parr’s real-life affable personality and interactions with his subjects. Below, Contrasto has given LightBox an exclusive clip on the documentary:
Martin Parr’s photographs are on view now through September 9, 2012, as part of Picturing the South: New Commissions from the High Museum of Art. Up and Down Peachtree and Hot Spots: Martin Parr in the American South are both available for purchase online.
You never know what is going to happen once your work is on someone’s visual radar. Last October, I met photographer Doug Ness when he took a workshop with me at the Filter Photo Festival. He later went on to share his portfolio with a variety of industry insiders, one of them being Martha Schneider, of Schneider Gallery, during the portfolio reviews.
As Doug recently told me, “Martha, a Chicago gallerist for the last 30 years, was one of the wonderful people who reviewed my work. As a result of that meeting, Martha asked that I display some of my images at a space where she’s responsible for the art, the InterContinental O’Hare Hotel. Happily agreeing, there are currently nine of my images on display there now, and continuing through the next several months, all at the Bistro Museo. All of the prints are 30″x45″ and mounted on plexi. If you’re in Chicago, or even have a long layover at O’Hare, please stop by the hotel and have a look. Art tours are available by contacting the concierge.”
Great news for Doug, who spent 15 years as an Institutional Bond Salesman in New York City and Chicago before discovering his passion for photography in 2008. Since then, he has studied in Chicago, London, Greece, and Montana, where he graduated from the Rocky Mountain School of Photography Career Training Program in 2009. Doug has exhibited on both coasts, and of course, in Chicago.
“Walls of Venice” is a series of images from Venice, Italy that are inspired by both Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism. As I lost myself in the streets and alleys of that wonderfully unique and timeless city, I found myself more drawn to photographing what was on the walls than the more typical and iconic sights of the city. Each image is a study in composition and my vision of finding the art in the common, everyday scenes that are so often passed by without our noticing them. I find it exhilarating, this adventure, this searching, this quest for discovering the beauty in the ordinary. Ultimately, the pictures are about texture, line, and form, about re-examining the elements of design in images.
Looking at portfolios from Critical Mass 2011…
Some think the United States is a pretty sophisticated country. We have the ability to put a man on the moon, create the iPad, and change the way the world communicates, but Michael Mergen’s project, Vote, shows just how far we have to go in the world of voting. His images make one wonder how anyone gets elected fairly, yet at the same time, tells us that we really are a country of communities, all working hard to create the American dream.
Based in Providence, RI, Michael earned a BFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2000. He began his photography career as a photojournalist and soon after, began working for national newspapers and newswire services in Boston and then his hometown of Philadelphia. Following a two year artist fellowship with the Philadelphia based Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Michael began pursuing his art work. He is an assistant professor of art/photography at Longwood University, Farmville.
Photographed on Election Day from 2008-2010, Vote investigates the spaces where the ideals of our political system meet the mundane realities of participatory democracy. The photographs consider the collision of private and public, consumer and citizen, and the incongruity between the functionality of the spaces and that of the voting booths.
Sean Lee is a talented twenty-five year old photographer who lives and works in Singapore. His commercial work is stylized and dynamic, but his personal work is, well, personal. His series, Homework, will be on exhibition at Galeria Tagomago in Barcelona from July 7th – September 10th. In his short photography career, he has already garnered awards and solo shows, including the Discovery Award at the Arles Photo Festival, the Special Jury Prize at the Angkor Photo Festival, and the Icon de Martell Cordon Bleu, a photography prize that recognizes the most outstanding artist in Singapore.
I started making images about my family on a regular basis upon completing my course in the School of Theology in Singapore. It was also around that time that I started having a sneaky suspicion that the reason why I have always felt the need to create is because I was first created by an uncreated God. For some reason, this time spent in school in many ways elevated my love for making images. Strange, especially considering how nothing we learntat all was particularly related to photography.
I have always felt that the only kinds of work worth doing are the ones that we are utterly concerned about, whether in photography or otherwise. This is perhaps the reason why I turned to making images at home. There is a kind of quiet delight in photographing the members of my family. In many ways, the process of making pictures has made life at home a little less mundane and uneventful. Sometimes, itʼs almost magical. Like the time when I made my parents hug each other. That was the first time I had ever seen them being so physically intimate. It was pure joy for me.
I do different things with my family members in this work. Sometimes, I use them to say something about my thoughts on faith, desires and fears. Other times, I just want to make them touch each other, which is something that is very new to us. We never touch. And then there are times when I make them do completely weird and crazy things so that we can all laugh it together. That to me is one of the most magical things, making comedy with the camera.
I notice little things, like how looking at my family through the viewfinder feels so different from just looking at them. I am always surprised by their willingness to have their pictures taken and how they have gradually become more involved in the process, often giving me advice and opinions on the end products and setup. More recently, my dad and sister have been asking me to explain my work. I think I might just show them this.
To me, the best thing about this work has been how it has begun to affect all of us in the family and how we interact. This is what Iʼve been looking for ultimately: to be changed by what I do. It is not enough for me to just make images. Ultimately, I want my images to also make me. This work started off as a way for me to organise and to make sense of how I feel towards my family.Iʼm glad that it has turned into something more. I hope that you, too, will get something out of them.
“God Damn That’s A Good Looking Blue”: Winston Eggleston on William Eggleston It’s difficult to impossible to get William Eggleston to talk about his work much less his working style. In 2004 while preparing a film for ICP’s Infinity Awards, I had the privilege to speak to Bill’s youngest son Winston. Winston suspended his own photography career to be his father’s photographic assistant. Winston and his brother took over running their father’s archive in 1992, attempting to organize and catalog the entire body of work. Negatives were in different cities and many things were missing; there are many stories of boxes of prints vanishing after a late night of partying. Bill’s generosity played a large role in giving away innumerable photographs. During the interview, Winston provided a window into his father’s life and background: he loves guns, but does not hunt; likes stamps, likes old rugs, and loves Bach. Most importantly Winston was able to impart the feeling of being along side his father while he photographed. watch movies . He provides us with a context for each image and expresses an adoration of the photographs as only a son can. Atlanta Web Design . download winrar download . Film and interview directed by: Douglas Sloan
You have until the 7 February to submit an application to join the LPA Futures division of the agency. Five photographers wanting to move their career forward will be selected by a panel of industry judges and announced in May 2011. Previous winners include Laura Pannack.
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