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Martin Parr and Magnum in Valencia

Martin Parr and Magnum in Valencia

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The Center del Carme Cultura Contemporània CCCC presents the exhibition of the iconic British photographer Martin Parr (born in Epsom, UK, 1952) 'Parrathon'. The exhibition includes images from Magnum Agency, to which he belonged since 1994 when becoming a full member of the Photographic Cooperative.

"Martin Parr is a chronicler of our age. In the face of the constantly growing flood of images released by the media, his photographs offer us the opportunity to see the world from his unique perspective.
At first glance, his photographs seem exaggerated or even grotesque. The motifs he
chooses are strange, the colours are garish and the perspectives are unusual. Parr's term for the overwhelming power of published images is "propaganda". He counters this propaganda with his own chosen weapons: criticism, seduction and humour. As a result, his photographs are original and entertaining, accessible and understandable. But at the same time, they show us in a penetrating way that we live, how we present ourselves to others, and what we value." (Thomas Weski, https://www.martinparr.com/introduction/)

Martin Parr has published over a 100 books of his own work. His work was present in solo and group exhiitions around the world. Parr has also curated many acclaimed shows.

Martin Parr has received numerous awards over the years including the Sony World Photography Award for Outstanding Contribution to Photography in April 2017, the Erich Salomon Prize in 2006 which resulted in the Assorted Cocktail show which opened at Photokina and the Baume et Mercier award in 2008 in recognition of his professional career and contributions to contemporary photography.

Between 2013 – 2017 Parr was president of Magnum Photos.

In Autumn 2017 the Martin Parr Foundation opened in Bristol.

"Parrathon" by Martin Parr, Valencia, 2021 - Monochrome Hub Gallery Archive

Such an important show of Martin Parr has not been seen in Spain, since his exhibition at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid in 2004.

In 2021 “Parrathon” makes a single stop in Spain, on its way to Belgium and Korea. A total of 12 series, most in large format, with more than 200 photographs and 168 images of his collage 'Common Sense', the exhibition shows some of the most recognized series of the artist.

The “Parrathon” exhibition can be visited until June 6, 2021, in CCCC.

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