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"From a totally different planet" (Henri Cartier-Bresson on Martin Parr)
Martin Parr's Take On The South
My 30 minute documentary short, Hot Spots: Martin Parr in the American South, will provide a fun, entertaining and unique perspective on the career and creative process that drives the controversial Magnum photographer. The humor, the irony and the biting social commentary that make a Martin Parr photograph a Martin Parr photograph are all on display as we watch him take the shots for this rare American museum commission. The characters he meets along the way add to the roller coaster ride and road trip attitude and the perspective offered by an insightful group of photographers and curators adds to the fun. A corn dog will never look the same again.
Martin Parr has, to say the least, a loyal following around the world. Whether it is in Europe, Asia, Australia or Africa, Parr is revered for the irony, social commentary and humor embedded in his photography. This past summer in Paris people stood in line for hours to have him take their photo and sign a book. There is even a song about him by a French folk singer. His work is seen in galleries and museums around the world and is held in many of the important photography collections. This commission is a first for Parr...his first by a leading art museum in the United States, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia.
Parr visited Atlanta twice, once in October, 2010 and again in April, 2011. I was there filming every step of the way. Parr brought his iconic style to everything from the Silver Skillet diner to CNN Center.
The film looks at Parr’s creative process, his style, career and his impact on modern photography. During the sumer of 2011 I filmed a series of interviews with a select group of people, each in a unique positions to discuss Martin Parr's photography. Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas, photographer John Gossage, Chief Curator at the deYoung Museum of Fine Arts in San Francisco Julian Cox, former front New York Times photo editor and critic Philip Gefter and High Museum of Art Curator of Photography Brett Abbott all sat down to be filmed for this documentary. And, of course, we interviewed Martin to add to the material we gathered in the field.
Full of humor, insight and amazing photography, Hot Spots: Martin Parr in the American South, with your gracious help, will open a window onto the world of this quirky and fascinating artist.
Martin has a great Web site where you can learn more about him. Here is the link, www.martinparr.com. The Magnum Web site is home to Martin's images, click here to see them.