- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd; Prima edizione (First Edition) edition (1 Sept. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0714838950
- ISBN-13: 978-0714838953
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Boring Postcards Hardcover – 1 Sep 1999
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As the title of this little book suggests, each of the postcards that fill its pages is, in a sense, quite boring. Stale, often dully composed images of corporate headquarters, roadways, bus station parking lots, convalescent home dayrooms, hospital cafeterias and undistinguished motels. But look carefully and the cards--culled from the collection of artist Martin Parr-- are filled with fascinating little details. As a group, they offer readers the interesting opportunity to puzzle over the collective psyche of the people of the 1950s and 60s (the approximate vintage of the images) who were inclined to create, buy and send these cards. What, one can't help but wonder, could be so scintillating about a room at the Forte Excelsior Motor Lodge near Pontefract, Yorkshire? The singular force of the orange bedspreads, carpet, drapes and walls punctuated by the inexplicably white leather upholstered panel attached to the wall unit behind each of the room's beds. The exterior of the Mirfield Modern School, shot at a distance and unimaginatively placed dead in the centre of the grey sky and green playing field? The building's Bauhaus-like lines. The tarmac of Luton Airport? The pink jumbo jet being towed into the frame from the left. The uniformly shaped trailers parked at the Freshwater Caravan Camp? The hand-written X that presumably marks the sender's location? The chalets at Llandanwg? Arguably, not much. The few 100 images here, unfettered by any explanatory text, offer a far from dull diversion for any readers interested in mid-century design or the mundane details of daily life. --Jordana Moskowitz
'a compelling collection.'
Dazed & Confused
' … far from dull, Parr’s book is a strangely compelling commentary on postwar British architecture, social life and identity … '
Independent on Sunday
' … the funniest book [of the year]'
'Its blend of pathos and bathos is hilarious.'
'silly and poignant'
' … Groovy, baby.'
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But more surpisingly for me was to find a toward the end of the book a postcard including a view the house where I grew up. My parents still live there...
In creating this book, Martin Parr has reminded readers of a now bygone era, when the now hideous was considered magnificent. I could hardly contain myself. If you're 30+ or into architecture, this book is a must-have. As it is if you're a keen photographer, or just want an easy read to make you laugh.
This book is very hard to categorise, but once you've seen it, you'll want it!
Ahhh - the pedestrian precinct!! How 60's is THAT!!!!!
A great book to have around and a great conversation starter.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great book for anyone who misses the 70's or who is feeling nostalgic. A good conversation starter and coffee table book.Published 1 month ago by Ladieu
Not that interesting unless you are nostalgic for 1960 new towns & motorway servicesPublished 2 months ago by gordon graham
This is a little book that inspire me some ideas about take similar photos using an expired film to have vintage colotsPublished 21 months ago by Davide Tambuchi
A lovingly presented, obsessively collected selection of the most mind-churningly lame and stupid photographs ever taken then published. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bagpuss
I think Martin Parr is sarcastic and I love is point of view in photograph.
This book is something very far from boring!
This is one of my all time favourite books. Its a proper coffee table book (or in our house a toilet shelf book)
Highly recommended. Read more
I bought this book for my father in law as a gift after a long family game of finding and sending the most boring postcards ever! Read morePublished on 13 April 2013 by Laura