Martin Parr, Blackpool, 1993 © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos
Martin Parr, Blackpool, 1993 © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos 

Reconciliation - Henri Cartier-Bresson with Martin Parr

08/11/2022 - 29/01/2023

Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson 
 
 
 


 
To inaugurate its new exhibition space, the Fondation HCB presents an original exhibition on the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) and Martin Parr (born 1952). With a “large gap” between them, according to Parr, the show reconciles the two photographers through their perspectives on Northern English society, at work and at play, in three different eras.
Renowned photographer Martin Parr stirred up controversy with his color photographs of the British “middle class” on the beaches of Northern England. His attempt to join the Magnum Photo agency in 1989 met with outcry. Parr joined Magnum Photos in 1994.
The exhibition Reconciliation presents Cartier-Bresson’s original prints, the raw material for the film (also on show), The Last Resort, a book by Martin Parr, and Black Country Stories, one of Parr’s more recent commissions (2009/2010), which sees the artist retracing his steps in Northern England to take photographs…of the English at work and at play: three time periods and two perspectives on a society and its transformations (1962, 1986, 2010). As Cartier-Bresson put it: “England is the most exotic place in the world.”