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Tomlinson’s, Pudsey

Tomlinson’s, Pudsey, 2015 - Martin Parr

Tomlinson’s, Pudsey, 2015

Martin Parr  

25,4 x 20,3 cm / 10 x 7.99 inch
Edition of 100 copies, signed and numbered by the artist

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  • Medium: Photographic print
  • This print comes with a copy of Martin Parr's publication on The Rhubarb Triangle
  • This work is unframed
  • Ships in 5 to 10 days from Wakefield (UK)

about this work

The photographic print Tomlinson’s, Pudsey, 2015, is part of a series of photographs taken over the last 12 months in an area of countryside known as ‘The Rhubarb Triangle’ between Wakefield, Morley and Rothwell in West Yorkshire, which is famous for producing early-forced rhubarb.

Parr’s photographs in this series capture all aspects of the rhubarb business, from the back-breaking work of moving the rhubarb from field to shed, the freezing cold and exhausting labour of picking the vegetable by candlelight (or occasionally by head-torch), and the consumption of the rhubarb by coach parties and food tourists.

The Rhubarb Triangle is a new commission that was at the heart of Martin Parr’s exhibition at the Hepworth Wakefield.

This edition comes with a copy of Martin Parr’s publication on The Rhubarb Triangle

about Martin Parr

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 how we live, how we present ourselves to others, and what we value.

Leisure, consumption and communication are the concepts that this British photographer has been researching for several decades now on his worldwide travels. In the process, he examines national characteristics and international phenomena to find out how valid they are as symbols that will help future generations to understand our cultural peculiarities. Parr enables us to see things that have seemed familiar to us in a completely new way. In this way he creates his own image of society, which allows us to combine an analysis of the visible signs of globalisation with unusual visual experiences. In his photos, Parr juxtaposes specific images with universal ones without resolving the contradictions. Individual characteristics are accepted and eccentricities are treasured.

The themes Parr selects and his inimitable treatment of them set him apart as a photographer whose work involves the creation of extensive series. Part of his unusual strategy is to present and publish the same photos in the context of art photography, in exhibitions and in art books, as well as in the related fields of advertising and journalism. In this way, he transcends the traditional separation of the different types of photography. Thanks to this integrative approach, as well as his style and his choice of themes, he has long served as a model for the younger generation of photographers.

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In 2002 the Barbican Art Gallery and the National Media Museum initiated a large retrospective of Martin Parr’s work. This exhibition toured Europe for the next 5 years, going to venues such as Reina Sofia, Madrid; National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen; and Deichtorhallen Hamburg.
Martin Parr’s work is part of public collection such as National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires; IMMA, Dublin; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; MoMa, New York; and Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

Martin Parr has been a member of the Magnum agency since 1994 and is currently the President. To discover more of his work, click through. 

You can also discover more of Martin Parr’s work on his own website

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