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The Ceremony of Life

The Ceremony of Life

Early Works by Martin Parr

3 Mar - 23 Apr 2017

 Blackpool, England, United Kingdom, 1970 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Gallery

Blackpool, England, United Kingdom, 1970 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Gallery

Blackpool, England, United Kingdom, 1970 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Gallery

 Passing Naturalists, Pagham Harbour, Sussex, England, 1974 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Gallery

Passing Naturalists, Pagham Harbour, Sussex, England, 1974 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Gallery

Passing Naturalists, Pagham Harbour, Sussex, England, United Kingdom, 1974 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Gallery

 Epsom station, Surrey, England, United Kingdom, 1975 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Gallery

Epsom station, Surrey, England, United Kingdom, 1975 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Gallery

Epsom station, Surrey, England, United Kingdom, 1975 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Gallery

 De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, England, 1979 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Gal

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, England, 1979 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Gal

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom, 1979 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Gallery

 Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England, 1977 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Galle

Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England, 1977 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Galle

Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, 1977 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Gallery

 Tom Greenwood, Hangingroyd Road, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England, 1975 © Martin Parr

Tom Greenwood, Hangingroyd Road, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England, 1975 © Martin Parr

Tom Greenwood, Hangingroyd Road, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, 1975 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Gallery

 Mayflower Ball, Drumshanbo, County Leitrim, Ireland, 1983 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Gallery

Mayflower Ball, Drumshanbo, County Leitrim, Ireland, 1983 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Gallery

Mayflower Ball, Drumshanbo, County Leitrim, Ireland, 1983 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Gallery

 Mayor of Todmorden's inaugural banquet, Todmorden, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, 1977

Mayor of Todmorden's inaugural banquet, Todmorden, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, 1977

Mayor of Todmorden's inaugural banquet, Todmorden, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, 1977 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Gallery

 Steep Lane Baptist Chapel buffet lunch, Sowerby, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, England, 1977

Steep Lane Baptist Chapel buffet lunch, Sowerby, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, England, 1977

Steep Lane Baptist Chapel buffet lunch, Sowerby, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, 1977 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Gallery

 Glenbeigh Races, County Kerry, Ireland, 1983 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Gal

Glenbeigh Races, County Kerry, Ireland, 1983 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Gal

Glenbeigh Races, County Kerry, Ireland, 1983 © Martin Parr / Courtesy Rocket Gallery

INFO

Martin Parr (born 1952) is probably best known for his boldly-coloured satirical portraits of contemporary Britain. These early works reflect the roots of his observational prowess but also reveal a gentler, less punishing eye: a photographer passionate about capturing the unsung rituals of everyday life through a lens. 

Throughout the 1970s, Parr’s focus was on capturing the social landscapes of Britain through the familiar aspects of daily life across Yorkshire, Ireland, Sussex and the North of England.  From services at nonconformist chapels, seaside leisure activities and teatime community gatherings, these monochromatic works faithfully and tenderly chronicle the characteristics and pleasures of the vernacular and document an aesthetic realised before he finally abandoned Black and White photography in 1986. 

40 years after his first London solo show at The Photographers’ Gallery, Hebden Bridge and Beauty Spot (15 Dec 1977 – 10 Jan 1978), this exhibition presents a timely reminder of Martin Parr’s identifiable and quietly humorous ability to preserve “the ceremony of life”.

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