Martin Parr, a British photographer, talks about the sovereign state of Georgia, his admiration for Robert Frank and the social landscape of food.



Part 01.




England, Scarborough, 1995 © Martin Parr — Magnum Photos


Morning ...
Early


Noon ...  
Later


Night ...
relaxing


Perfect happiness ... 
Working



Hungary, Budapest, 1998 © Martin Parr — Magnum Photos



Preposterous ... 
Life


Fear ... 
Being blown up


Extravagance ...
Not working


Comedy ...
Vulnerable


Work ...
Perfect happiness


Our time ... 
Photograph


The future ...
More photographs


Part 02.




England, Wales, 2003 © Martin Parr — Magnum Photos


Most interesting thing in your wallet ...
Money


In another life, you'd be ...
The same again, if possible


Your lucky charm ...
I don’t really have one. I’m not like that.


Words to live by ...
Oh God, don’t know what to say!


Prized possession ...
My books


One wish ...
For more books


Your most marked characteristic ...
Obsessive



Alan Bennett © Alan Warren


A dream dinner party would be made up of who (dead or alive) ...
Garry Winogrand, Alan Bennett, Count Arthur Strong



England, Weymouth, 1999 © Martin Parr — Magnum Photos


 
Favorite shoes ...
Sandals 


Favorite store ...
Antique book shop


Favorite place ...
England



England, Malvern, 2000 © Martin Parr — Magnum Photos


Favorite thing about the UK ...
Tea & irony


Favorite color ...
Red


Favorite website ...
eBay


A favorite photo that you've taken ...
no


  
Picnic Ground, Glendale, California from The Americans by Robert Frank


A favorite photo that someone else has taken ...
Not a photo, but a book! A book of images… The Americans by Robert Frank


Part 03.




England, Blackpool, 1995 © Martin Parr — Magnum Photos


How has being British has influenced your work ...

I’m a very British photographer in that sense. Why? I can’t tell you. You just have to live it.



USA, Florida, 1997 © Martin Parr — Magnum Photos


You have a specific interest in tourism. Why ...

Because the expectation of a tourist trip is so opposite from the reality.



British Food, 1995  © Martin Parr — Magnum Photos


Tell me about your photographs of food ...

Food is like a social landscape. It’s a very interesting thing to photograph in close up. 

What were you doing in the country of Georgia ...

I’m working on a photo book about Georgia, and their current President. He’s looking a bit fragile these days…

Describe your creative process ...

Think of an idea. Do it. Publish it. 


  
Untitled from the series Luxury, 2007 © Martin Parr — Magnum Photos


How do you decide on a subject ...

It’s an idea of interest that makes the human subject. So, it’s location based and concept based. But, the concept always comes first. For example, when thinking about audacity as a subject. Well, Dubai is the most audacious destination in the Middle East. It’s about the concept and the location.

I’ve read that you describe your work as making fiction from reality. Tell me more about this ...

It’s very subjective. As a doc photographer, every image is completely created by me. The fiction is created by me, but based on reality.

What is the single greatest thing you’ve learned from your years of observation ...

Life is unpredictable.

What do you love most about photography ...

The fact that you can never control it. It always surprises… 



British Food © Martin Parr — Magnum Photos


Why color …

It’s better than B & W.

What are you working on now ...

Continuing to photograph Britain.



Lithuania, Druskininkai. 2001 © Martin Parr — Magnum Photos


Can you talk about any future projects? Any future shows ...

The beaches of Latin America. And, looking at luxury as an epitaph to the bubble, so, always the wealthy. Parrworld is in Paris this summer. Then, I’m off to the Baltic. Back for LOOK3 in Charlottesville, Virginia in June. That’s all I can say.