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MARTIN PARR
[b. 1952] Magnum photographer from England
I go straight in very close to people and I do that because it's the only way you can get the picture. You go right up to them. Even now, I don't find it easy. I don't announce it. I pretend to be focusing elsewhere. If you take someone's photograph it is very difficult not to look at them just after. But it's the one thing that gives the game away. I don't try and hide what I'm doing - that would be folly. - Martin Parr - British Journal of Photography interview, 1989

I looked around at what my colleagues were doing, and asked myself, 'What relationship has it with what's going on?' I found there was a great distortion of contemporary life. Photographers were interested only in certain things. A visually interesting place, people who were either very rich or very poor, and nostalgia. - Martin Parr

All photography is propaganda. - Martin Parr

Photography’s central role is to be the absolute medium of the day. It is fantastic that there is no longer any technical intimidation. When I first started learning how to take photographs, you had to spend the first six months figuring out what an f-stop was. Now you just go and take pictures. Nobody thinks about technical issues anymore because cameras or camera phones take care of that automatically. On the other hand, you still have the option of controlling every technical aspect. It’s the most accessible, democratic medium available in the world. This has to be celebrated, and we must continually remind photographers of this. - Martin Parr - On the question: "Do you consider these changes in photography today as the beginning of a new medium?" Interview: Martin Parr “Boundaries Merely Exist in People’s Minds” - http://www.aphotostudent.com/2010/09/03/interview-martin-parr-boundaries-merely-exist-in-people%E2%80%99s-minds/

If you photograph for a long time, you get to understand such things as body language. I often do not look at people I photograph, especially afterwards. Also when I want a photo, I become somewhat fearless, and this helps a lot. There will always be someone who objects to being photographed, and when this happens you move on. - Martin Parr - On the question: "How do you get so close to people?" From: http://www.martinparr.com

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