In January, this talk with Martin Parr, among others, will form part of the activities organised around the exhibition Miserachs Barcelona. It continues the reflection on the theme of the photobook that began last November with the international seminar Miserachs Barcelona Photobooks. The lecture will be followed by a round-table discussion with the curator of the exhibition, Horacio Fernández, and the editor of RM Verlag, Ramon Reverté.
Martin Parr is a chronicler of our age. In the face of the constantly growing flood of images released by the media, his photographs offer us the opportunity to see the world from his unique perspective. At first glance, his photographs seem exaggerated or even grotesque. The motifs he chooses are strange, the colours are garish and the perspectives are unusual. Parr’s term for the overwhelming power of published images is “propaganda”. He counters this propaganda with his own chosen weapons: criticism, seduction and humour. As a result, his photographs are original and entertaining, accessible and understandable. But at the same time they show us in a penetrating way how we live, how we present ourselves to others, and what we value.’ Excerpt from the introduction by Thomas Wesker on Martin Parr’s website, http://www.martinparr.com/introduction/).