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Yes Alec, very interesting to see a non-Minnesotan's view of Minnesota through the eye of the lens. I'm a bit mystified by the result though and would love to hear more from him about his photographs of Minnesota and why he shot each.
I think if you placed these photographs at random within a room of other Minnesota photography, these would only stand out because they aren't anything more than just a snapshot. Is it an important body of work? Without attaching his name to each photo, I say no.
@anim8tr In the printed paper I immediately recognized the first photo as something of interest even before realizing it was Martin Parr. Not every photograph has to "look important" to be so. I think what Parr is doing is a bit more complex than mere snapshots, despite using that type of look. Many many revered master photographers prized a snapshot off-the-cuff look despite endlessly having re-staged the "moment."
Seeing a lot of his work you begin to realize he does many things over and over and that he is adept at controlling how things look - particularly the flattening of space, capturing tangles of people, and a particular sensitivity to people's mild awkwardness.
I really didn't want to respond because I respect everyone's opinion... BUT, I just don't see it.
If the shots were more obviously portraying a "mild awkwardness" I would buy in. But, I don't think they are different enough from my next door neighbor's snapshots to be of interest.
I was excited when I opened the Sunday paper to see that Martin Parr was here documenting a Minnesota winter! Unfortunately when I opened the special section the images fell flat for me. Perhaps my expectations were a bit high since after all it is Martin Parr and he is the king of bringing wit to what many would call the mundane, but unfortunately I think the Strib could of dedicated this special section to their staff photographers and walked away with more engaging photos.
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