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Book Title: Boring Postcards USA|
The author of the book: Martin Parr
Edition: Phaidon Press
Date of issue: March 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9780714843919
Format files: PDF
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These postcards sure are boring... ugly, faded, 'retro' colors. Stuff of mid-20th century America. But they are also fascinating. It's fascinating to see what could be subjects in such postcards:
Turnpikes, bridges, car washes, truck stops, restaurants and diners, ugly food, motels, inns, hotels (incl. rooms), malls, one-street small towns, banks, airports, barracks, factories, machinie (parts), furniture, cars, trailer parks...
Some pictures have the sparseness of newly-built-and-nothing-around-yet, the alone-ness of the landscape, the ugly-but-practical. You wonder how healthy these places actually are. There rises a certain mood in these pictures, not necessarily what the makers would've included, when one contemplates them. They *are* boring but fascinating, memory cards of a past that one is glad is past. Well worth the look anyway, as a book.
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Read information about the authorMartin Parr was born in Epsom, Surrey, UK in 1952. When he was a boy, his budding interest in the medium of photography was encouraged by his grandfather George Parr, himself a keen amateur photographer.
Parr studied photography at Manchester Polytechnic, from 1970-1973. Since that time, Martin Parr has worked on numerous photographic projects. He has developed an international reputation for his innovative imagery, his oblique approach to social documentary, and his input to photographic culture within the UK and abroad.
In 1994 he became a full member of Magnum Photographic Corporation. In recent years, he has developed an interest in filmmaking, and has started to use his photography within different conventions, such as fashion and advertising.
In 2002 the Barbican Art Gallery and the National Media Museum initiated a large retrospective of Parr's work. This show toured Europe for the next 5 years.
Parr was appointed Professor of Photography in 2004 at The University of Wales Newport campus. He was Guest Artistic Director for Rencontres D'Arles in 2004. In 2006 he was awarded the Erich Salomon Prize and the resulting Assorted Cocktail show opened at Photokina. In 2008 he was guest curator at the New York Photo Festival, curating the New Typologies exhibition. At PhotoEspana, 2008, he won the Baume et Mercier award in recognition of his professional career and contributions to contemporary photography.
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