Martin Parr, Cost of Living

The tradition of documentary photography is to shoot pictures of the Other, to enter an unfamiliar or foreign situation and reveal it to the outside world. Since photographers generally come from middle class backgrounds, the other is predominantly working class, developing world, poor, weak, diseased, abject etc. artists breaking with this tradition (of pointing the camera downwards, as Rosler put it) include Martin Parr, whose Cost of Living looks at his own middle class roots, and Karen Knorr’s Marks of Distinction, which turns the camera on the wealthier strata of British society. Continue reading “Martin Parr, Cost of Living”