Title: COMMON SENSE - Scarce Pristine Copy of The ...
Publisher: Stockport, England: Dewi Lewis Publishing, 1999
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. Unpaginated. Published in 1999. Landmark retrospective collection of photographs. Now considered a contemporary photography classic. It remains Martin Parr's single most popular and influential title. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Martin Parr: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards with red and black titles on the cover and multi-colored titles on the spine, as issued. There is no text. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the global exhibition, inaugurated at Rocket Gallery London on March 10, 1999, and shown in 43 galleries worldwide on the same month, using color xeroxes. Presents Martin Parr's "Common Sense". Some of the photographer's finest and most representative images, a feast for the senses, not just our eyes, that also offer food for thought. The worldwide exhibition was done not for artistic vanity, but to show that these are the things human beings increasingly have in common with one another in a global consumer culture that threatens to destroy local singularities and replace them with "the bland blanket of uniformity with which an indiscriminate culture of kitsch has smothered us" (Martin Parr). One comes away with uneasy yet undeniable feelings about the way we live now because Martin Parr's observations are acute and true, his eyes sharp and "spot-on", and most important, his own feelings are just as ambivalent as ours. "While he erases the potential for any social interaction and the often cruel and objectifying nature of his documentary practice continues, he does at least suggest that he too can never really remain outside this global consumer frenzy" (Mark Durden). Parr's oblique, indirect, and witty approach leaves a strong aftertaste. An absolute "must-have" title for Martin Parr collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the second image by Martin Parr. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary photography classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. 160 color plates. The most influential and most important British photographer of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARTIN PARR TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1899235078. Bookseller Inventory # 13565
Common Sense combines extravagantly lurid and luscious colour with Parr?s trademark sense of irony. Though hilariously funny there is a sharp and biting edge to the humor. He highlights the minutiae of everyday contemporary life?hamburgers, cigarette butts, tacky gifts and dime store combs?that have been taken around the world.
About the Author: Born 1952. Member of Magnum Photo Agency. Parr is recognised as a brilliant satirist of contemporary life. Regular features in major magazines and newspapers and has been exhibited throughout the world. Held in the following collections: George Eastman House (Rochester), MOMA, Seagrams Collection (New York), Getty Museum (Malibu), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
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