The Ceremony of Life. Early Works by Martin Parr

27 Feb 2017 – 23 Apr 2017

Regular hours

11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 19:00

The Photographers' Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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  • Just off Oxford Street so accessible by bus services to Oxford Street and a 2 minute walk from Oxford Circus Tube Station.

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Martin Parr (born 1952) is probably best known for his boldly-coloured satirical portraits of contemporary Britain.


These early works reflect the roots of his observational prowess but also reveal a gentler, less punishing eye: a photographer passionate about capturing the unsung rituals of everyday life through a lens. 

Throughout the 1970s, Parr’s focus was on capturing the social landscapes of Britain through the familiar aspects of daily life across Yorkshire, Ireland, Sussex and the North of England.  From services at nonconformist chapels, seaside leisure activities and teatime community gatherings, these monochromatic works faithfully and tenderly chronicle the characteristics and pleasures of the vernacular and document an aesthetic realised before he finally abandoned Black and White photography in 1986. 

40 years after his first London solo show at The Photographers’ Gallery, Hebden Bridge and Beauty Spot (15 Dec 1977 – 10 Jan 1978), this exhibition presents a timely reminder of Martin Parr’s identifiable and quietly humorous ability to preserve “the ceremony of life”.

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Exhibiting artists

Martin Parr


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