|“I am very excited to have the opportunity to show my work at such a prestigious Gallery. One of the main themes is British identity and given March 2019 is when we are supposedly leaving the European Union, the timing could not be better.” – Martin Parr
Only Human: Martin Parr exhibition at National Portrait Gallery London examines national identity today, both in the UK and abroad with a special focus on Parr’s wry observations of Britishness. As well as Britain in the time of Brexit, the exhibition focuses on the British Abroad including photographs made in British Army camps overseas, and Parr’s long term study of the British ‘Establishment’ including recent photographs taken at Christ’s Hospital school in Sussex, Oxford and Cambridge Universities and the City of London, revealing the obscure rituals and ceremonies of British life.
|For the first time Only Human: Martin Parr reveals a selection of portraits of renowned personalities, including British fashion legends Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith, contemporary artists Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry and world-renowned football player Pelé. Only Human: Martin Parr also features the unforgettable self-portraits Parr has made throughout his career. He visited studio photographers, street photographers and photo booths across the globe to have his portrait taken for over thirty years. The resulting Autoportraits raise questions about portraiture and the business of portrait photography, showcasing a range of fascinating and often humorous settings employed by professional portraitists.
Only Human: Martin Parr is curated by Dr. Phillip Prodger, Senior Research Scholar, Yale Center for British Art and it will be open until May 27th 2019.