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5.0 out of 5 stars Travel broadens the mind?, 10 Nov 2010
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Having never been much of a traveller I have always had a nagging feeling that I was missing out on the broadening of the mind said to result from it. Looking at Martin Parr's photographs in this book I needn't have worried. Most of the travellers appear to have a mental horizon that ends at the rim of the baseball cap that many of them wear. The photos are savagely satirical in many cases but are offset by an engaging humour. Some of them are hilarious and in many cases I laughed out loud when I saw them. Particular favourites are the back of a baseball-capped man's head facing the Sphinx. The cap is turned trendily backwards and has the word 'BOY' in almost obscene prominence across the front. A similar photo shows a baseball-capped man from behind photographing Notre Dame cathedral. This cap has 'New York Yankees' emblazoned across the front, complete with baseball bat logo. Or my personal favourite: the trendy Japanese tourist in sunshades complete with camera in front of Stonehenge. He is walking hurriedly away from the structure seemingly having taken his 'snaps' while a New Age tourist looks on in disgust, though the New Ager is also obscenely kitted out in all the coarse trappings of the tourist. So the book draws attention to the banality and cheapening of experience resulting from globalisation. I'm no expert on photography or photographers but for sheer hilarity this book is a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Small World, 22 Sep 2013
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Someone else in my family bought this. I assume it is fine. It does what it says on the box.
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Small World by Martin Parr (Hardcover - 3 Sep 2007)
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