Boring Postcards

Boring Postcards

by Martin Parr
     
 

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Martin Parr is a key figure in the world of photography and contemporary art. Some accuse him of cruelty, but many more appreciate the wit and irony with which he tackles such subjects as bad taste, food, the tourist, shopping and the foibles of the British.

Parr has been collecting postcards for twenty years, and here is the cream of his collection

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Martin Parr is a key figure in the world of photography and contemporary art. Some accuse him of cruelty, but many more appreciate the wit and irony with which he tackles such subjects as bad taste, food, the tourist, shopping and the foibles of the British.

Parr has been collecting postcards for twenty years, and here is the cream of his collection - his boring postcards. With no introduction or commentary of any kind, Parr's boring postcards are reproduced straight: they are exactly what they say they are, namely boring picture postcards showing boring photographs of boring places … presumably for boring people to buy to send to their boring friends. All of them are shot in Britain, taking us on a boring tour of its motorways, ring roads, traffic interchanges, bus stations, pedestrian precincts, factories, housing estates, airports, caravan sites, convalescent homes and shopping centres. Some attempt to idealize their subjects, only to fail dismally. Others lack any apparent purpose or interest ... but the resultant collection of photographic images is wholly compelling.

Boring Postcards is multi-layered: a commentary on British architecture, social life and identity, a record of a folk photography which is today being appropriated by the most fashionable photographers (including Parr), an exercise in sublime minimalism ... and, above all, a richly comic photographic entertainment.

Editorial Reviews

Interiors Magazine
A Technicolor-toned paean to the optimism of postwar America.
Luc Sante
It's not every day that I swell with pride for the United States, my adopted home, but these two books [BORING POSTCARDS and BORING POSTCARDS USA], selections from the postcard collection of Magnum photographer Martin Parr, almost cause me to burst my buttons. The evidence they provide--cards ranging from the '50s to perhaps the late '70s--is incontrovertible: The US of A leads the world in boring postcards!
Bookforum magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714843902
Publisher:
Phaidon Press
Publication date:
02/15/2003
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,205,468
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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