Just opened at the Studio Trisorio in Naples, Italy is “Four Decades” a new exhibition by the great Martin Parr.
Few photographers have the ability to capture the essence of modern society like Parr. His complete obsession with social behaviour (how we furnish our homes, what we eat, our clothes, where we go, etc.) and cultural ephemera (pop videos, advertising, consumer products), plus his keen eye for composition and colour and highly developed sense of irony means that he is able to document society like no one else. From gritty realism to highly saturated, almost fashion shoot like images he lifts the lid on consumerist culture by highlighting the blurring of the boundaries between reality and image we project of ourselves to others.
“Four Decades” includes some of his early black and white photographs from the Seventies, taken in Manchester, Yorkshire and East Sussex; the domestic interiors from the Home Sweet Home (1974) series plus various images from the Last Resort (1983-86), Small World (1987-94), Bored Couples (1991-93), Common Sense (1995-99) and Luxury (2009) giving a comprehensive retrospective of the artists career.
“Four Decades” is at Studio Trisorio in Naples until 29th May.