Martin Parr, Luxury, England, Ascot, 2003, type C photograph, edition of 5, 101.6 x 152.4cm
MARTIN PARR RETURNS TO NIAGARA GALLERIES, MELBOURNE
A Day at the Races
5 - 29 November 2008
If you fancy a day at the races with renowned photographer Martin Parr, don't miss his exhibition at Niagara Galleries, presented in association with Rocket Gallery, London from 5 - 29 November 2008. It could be said that Martin Parr is one of the great chroniclers of our time. Probably not the grand and historic occasions of state, but more likely the stunningly ordinary moments in an expectedly average day. Parr travels the world finding every opportunity to document the commonplace with wit and satire even - and perhaps especially - when faced with the glamour, wealth and indulgence of the fashion industry, the art world or exclusive racing circles.
He was recently awarded the Royal Photographic Society Centenary Medal for his sustained and significant contribution to photography. Also in 2008, he was guest curator at the New York Photo Festival and the recipient of the Baume and Mercier Award at PhotoEspana.
Parrworld, an acclaimed exhibition of his own collections of various objects, postcards, photobooks, photographs by international artists and his own photographic work, opened at Haus de Kunst, Munich and will tour Europe until 2010. Parr has been a member of the esteemed Magnum Photographic Corporation since 1994 and has produced, published, written and/or edited over 50 books, artist books and limited collector editions of his work. He is represented in the numerous public collections throughout the world including the Tate Modern, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
By luck and/or carefully planned, organizational brilliance, Martin Parr will be in Australia in early November to attend his exhibition at Niagara Galleries. That the Spring Racing Carnival is in full swing is too good an opportunity to ignore and Parr will be attending both the Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day to photograph the undoubted splendour that all Melburnians know and understand as "a day at the races". With a particular eye for the bizarre, absurd, excessive, obscene and mundane, we expect Parr will find photographic riches amongst the would-be rich(er) and famous fashionistas at Flemington.
With the support of Hewlett Packard, the upstairs gallery will be transformed into a studio where Parr and his assistant, Conor Kilroe, will produce an instant exhibition - images shot on the 4th and 6th will be processed, printed and pinned to the walls in time for a spectacular opening night on Friday 7 November 2008. To accompany the photographs from The Cup and Ladies Day, Parr will be exhibiting large format works from the Luxury series featuring images of race days from around the world.
Also on show will be Parking Spaces, an exhibition of 41 photographs documenting that most elusive of things, the last available parking space. Parr has published this series as a limited edition, velum bound photo book, but for the collector, 12 images can be personally selected from the total of 41 from this series to be produced as an editioned folio of photographs known as Valet Parking. Only 25 of these special custom editions are available.
On Thursday 6 November Martin Parr will somehow find time to give a lecture at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George Street, Fitzroy. Please contact the CCP on (03) 9417 1549 for further information about this event.
Please join the artist for opening drinks on
Friday 7 November 2008 from 6.00pm
Martin Parr - A Day at the Races Press Release as pdf-File 208 KB
Born in 1952, Martin Parr has turned the glare of saturated colour photography to the world around him. His early series of photographs concentrated on the English working class, capturing their leisure and play time. Rather than using black and white photography, troped as it was with the idea of working class hardships, Parr captured the frivolous colour and rococo decoration of the everyday. He was admitted to the prestigious photographer's group Magnum in 1988. At the time, Henri Cartier-Bresson described him as from a "different solar system". He has produced a large number of books both on his own work and on the history of photography. He has exhibited widely, including Tate Modern, London and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He lives and works in Europe.