Description - Langweilige Postkarten by Martin Parr
160 daringly dull postcards of Germany from the 50s to the 80s. Magnum photographer Martin Parr is a key figure in the world of photography and contemporary art. He has been an avid postcard collector for twenty years. In the final instalment of the Boring Postcards trilogy, he presents the pride of his boring collection: 160 postcards from Germany. Using the same approach as the two previous Boring Postcards (which featured postcards from the UK and the USA), this new book takes you on a daringly dull tour of the autobahns, airports, hotels, factories, shops, border posts, tower blocks and new towns of Germany. All the cards were made before German reunification, and provide fascinating and hilarious insights into German social and architectural values between the 1950s and 1980s. The two nations' special relationship with concrete and the functional modernist block is nostalgically and repetitiously celebrated in postcard after postcard, and the volume provides a revealing context for consideration of the work of contemporary German art and landscape photographers.
For a postcard to qualify as sufficiently boring to be included, either its composition, its content, or the characters featured, must be arguably boring or the photograph must be absent of anything which might be described as interesting. Boring Postcards Germany is the crowning glory of the trilogy, the most outrageous and the most boring book of them all. (All of the text for the book will be in German, including the title on the front cover. There will be a belly band, however, giving the English title, Boring Postcards Germany.)
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(150mm x 210mm x 20mm)
Phaidon Press Ltd
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Author Biography - Martin Parr
Martin Parr is arguably Britain's key contemporary photographer, with a unique point of view and unmistakable signature, with a critical and popular following in the worlds of art, fashion and journalism. He has been widely published and exhibited internationally. His work features in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, amongst others. Books of his photographs include Bad Weather (1982), The Last Resort - Photographs of New Brighton (1986), The Cost of Living (1989), Small World (1995) and Common Sense (1999). He is also the author of the Boring Postcards (1999) and Boring Postcards USA (2000) books for Phaidon. He has been a member of the Magnum photographic agency since 1994. Photographer's Residence: Bristol, UK