martin parr

"The easy bit is picking up a camera and pointing and shooting. But then you have to decide what it is you’re trying to say and express."

"Photos tend to organize chaos, to define what we’re doing here. It is essential that individuals’ voices depict the world around us, as we are increasingly controlled by large institutions, large companies and large systems."

"Get out there and do it. If it’s good it will be seen. There is no such thing as a brilliant new contemporary photographer who is undiscovered."

"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."

"Unless it hurts, unless there’s some vulnerability there, I don’t think you’re going to get good photographs."

[slightly obsessed with martin parr’s ‘theology’ lately. his work was one of only highlights from the aperture gallery show. and that one stephen shore print. the atmosphere of the show felt like an art parade, too crowded, at times, to even check out the actual art in the space. and most of the work seemed a bit lazy.]