Back in March I went down to Wakefield to visit The Hepworth Wakefield Art Gallery. Martin Parr’s work has never been so close to me, so I really wanted to get down there and indulge in one of my favourite photographers of all times exhibition.
The exhibition was beautiful, accessible and I was even allowed to photograph.
The main purpose for the exhibition was to exhibit his recent work taken in 12 month period between Wakefield, Morley and Rothwell in West Yorkshire, which is famous for producing early-forced rhubarb.
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There is not a lot of photographs, because I was focusing on looking and indulging.
As the website states:
“The Hepworth Wakefield presents the largest Martin Parr exhibition in the UK since 2002, comprising more than 370 photographs that span the past 40 years. The exhibition presents a chronological overview of Parr’s celebrated works, including rarely seen images from his series The Non-Conformiststaken at the beginning of his career reflecting his experiences of living in Yorkshire, and The Last Resort, documenting leisure time in the seaside town of New Brighton.”
This was a bit of a surprise for someone like me, who has done quite a bit of studies on Parr’s life and work – the self-portraiture hobby that he has.
I feel like this image here shows how “KITSCH” Martin Parr is and always has been.
The wall covered with the photographs he has taken over the years was impressive. It was giving away the exact feel that Martin Parr is always celebrating – the obvious presence.
Also there was a lot of Parr’s books available to look through and a film that he has done on the subject of celebrating England.
I was viewing the exhibition for quite a bit of time, really felt like every moment spent there is precious.
The visit definitely confirmed my deep love for Martin Parr.
Outside of the gallery there is different art available to view, really fits in with the environment.
The exhibition is closing this Sunday 12th of June, so if you still want to visit-HURRY UP.