Top positive review
on 7 December 2016
Martin Parr is a kind of Goya of the contemporary world of photography. He's middle class but he's quite arbitrary in his subject matter and that's one reason why I like his photography. In other works the middle class and the rich are given a right drubbing. In this work Parr captures the essence of modern Englishness: Loutish, obtuse, oafish, pretentious, idiotic, uncouth but somehow endearing. But Parr's real forte is in capturing these qualities in people from all walks of life from all over the world, revealing them to be universal. This is modern life in all its mindless stupidity. It makes me proud to be English and proud to be human.