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Parr’s picture puzzle

One picture does not tell a story

By Paul Barker   March 2002

There is a puzzle about the photography of Martin Parr. Today he is probably the best-known British documentary photographer. This is partly because he collaborated with BBC television on two entertaining series, Signs of the Times (people and their interior decor) and From A to B (people and their cars). He took the stills which became the books of the series. Since 1994, he has also been a member of the world’s best-known documentary photo agency, Magnum, the co-operative founded by a legendary quartet of photographers: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger and David Seymour. Yet his candidacy led to…

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