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Martin Parr's Time Off


Posted by Mark Sinclair, 29 November 2012, 15:02    Permalink    Comments (5)

Time Off (Cambodia, Angkor Wat), 2012

Time Off, a small exhibition of work by photographer Martin Parr, opens tomorrow at the Rocket Gallery in London...

Featuring just six large prints by Parr, the show includes photographs taken from his travels around Europe and Asia.

Time Off (France, Paris), 2008

According to Rocket the images focus on individuals "preoccupied with appreciating the world around them. No one is totally relaxed; whether or not they are aware of the camera capturing their interactions. There is a restless search for achievements, or reflections, that are just out of reach. Purchasing a tourist souvenir will not offer comfort here".

Parr has been represented by Rocket since 1997 when the gallery's Jonathan Stephenson presented the photographer's first commerical show in the capital.

Time Off (Switzerland, St Moritz), 2012

Time Off runs at Rocket, Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ until February 9 2013. The original archival pigment photographs are signed and numbered and available to purchase from the gallery in an edition of fives at 40 x 60 inches, and ten at 20 x 30 inches. Details here. More at


christ, they're dull.
tim sinclair
2012-11-29 17:52:59

never rated his work highly

they just look like someone with no interest in composition taking their holiday snaps for the sake of it
2012-11-30 14:25:07

(Re. above). That maybe so but it is content that trumps composition. Parr is a marvel when it comes to finding nuances in social situations; set against one the other these make for further interesting reading.
However we may not always like what we see.
paul bankole iwala
2012-12-05 12:28:47

Paul, i'm in no doubt that Parr has taken some great photos and I used to hold him in high esteem, but his work over the last 15 years or so has been piss-poor compared to his past work. it's like you're not allowed to criticise him because of who he is .. maybe its me, but none of those shots above are visually exciting.
tim sinclair
2012-12-05 14:12:17

it's true, his older work was a million times better. maybe he got lazy or something.
2012-12-05 21:59:31

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