Martin Parr, one of Britain’s best-known and most widely celebrated photographers, is putting on an exhibition of his work at London’s National Portrait Gallery. Only Human: Martin Parr, brings together some of Parr’s best known photographs with new, as of yet unexhibited work by the photographer, focusing on one of his most engaging subjects – people.
Featuring portraits of people from around the world, the exhibition examines national identity today, both in the UK and abroad, with a focusing especially on Parr’s wry observations of Britishness, and what it means to be British. Britain in the time of Brexit will be the focus of one section, featuring new works, which reveal Parr’s take on the social climate in the aftermath of the EU referendum. The exhibition will also focus 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.
Take a look at some images from the exhibition below.