MARTIN PARR, SIGNS OF THE TIMES

16 JULY - 30 AUGUST 2014

Beetles + Huxley gallery in association with Rocket Gallery London, are proud to present Martin Parr Signs of the Times.' Containing modern and vintage prints, this will be the first time photographs from this important series have been shown at a solo exhibition in London.

Martin Parr is one of Britain's most significant photographers, best known for his sharp eye and cheeky sense of humour. Over his thirty year career he has focused on capturing ordinary people doing ordinary things - at the seaside, in supermarkets, at village country fairs or on holiday abroad. Often highly saturated and brightly coloured Parr has become known as a commentator and recorder of Britain's finely nuanced class system.

In the 1990s the BBC aired a documentary called Signs of the Times,' in collaboration with Nicholas Barker and Martin Parr. Directed by Barker, it was an early version of reality television and was seen as a fly-on-the-wall documentary combined with the celebrity show Through the Keyhole'.

An advertisement was placed in the British national and regional press asking for volunteers to be involved in the film. It was to be a show documenting the personal tastes of people in the British home. Two thousand people applied and fifty were chosen, from a range of ages, races, genders and social backgrounds.

Parr was asked by Barker to be the stills photographer on the shoot, and created a subsequent book to accompany the documentary. Each of the titles he and Barker gave the photographs are quotes from people in the film, which inadvertently send themselves up. Subtitled portrait of the nation's taste' these photographs give an insightful and amusing view of British taste in the 90s.

A key member of Magnum Photos Agency from 1994, and it's current president, Martin Parr is one of our most celebrated photographers and this exhibit is a must see in London this summer.

MARIE-LOUISE'S PIG IRRITATES ME INTENSLY. I CAN'T SAY WHY, BUT IT JUST IRRITATES ME INTENSELY, 1991 by PARR, MARTIN (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MARIE-LOUISE'S PIG IRRITATES ME INTENSLY. I CAN'T SAY WHY, BUT IT JUST IRRITATES ME INTENSELY, 1991

WE THOUGHT WE COULD MAKE IT LOOK SORT OF BISTRO-Y LOOKING IN THE KITCHEN AND THEN CARRY IT THROUGH TO THE LOUNGE, 1991 by PARR, MARTIN (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

WE THOUGHT WE COULD MAKE IT LOOK SORT OF BISTRO-Y LOOKING IN THE KITCHEN AND THEN CARRY IT THROUGH TO THE LOUNGE, 1991

WOODWORM DOES GENERATE THROUGH THE FURNITURE, AND OBVIOUSLY IF YOU'RE PUTTING NEW THINGS INTO YOUR HOME THE LAST THING YOU WANT IS AN INVITATION TO WORMS, 1991 by PARR, MARTIN (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

WOODWORM DOES GENERATE THROUGH THE FURNITURE, AND OBVIOUSLY IF YOU'RE PUTTING NEW THINGS INTO YOUR HOME THE LAST THING YOU WANT IS AN INVITATION TO WORMS, 1991

I SPOKE WITH GARY ABOUT THE TREE-MUG BUT THERE WAS NO WAY HE WOULD CHANGE IT, 1991 by PARR, MARTIN (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

I SPOKE WITH GARY ABOUT THE TREE-MUG BUT THERE WAS NO WAY HE WOULD CHANGE IT, 1991

EVERYTHING'S VERY IMPORTANT TO ME. I CAN'T JUST LIVE IN AN ORDINARY HOUSE, IT HAS TO BE A SPECIAL HOUSE, 1991 by PARR, MARTIN (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

EVERYTHING'S VERY IMPORTANT TO ME. I CAN'T JUST LIVE IN AN ORDINARY HOUSE, IT HAS TO BE A SPECIAL HOUSE, 1991

THE FIRE HAS A LIGHT BULB UNDERNEATH WHICH WE DON'T USE BECAUSE IT IS VERY CHEAP LOOKING, 1991 by PARR, MARTIN (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

THE FIRE HAS A LIGHT BULB UNDERNEATH WHICH WE DON'T USE BECAUSE IT IS VERY CHEAP LOOKING, 1991

IT STILL FEELS AS THOUGH WE ARE LIVING IN A HOTEL SUITE. I WANT TO PICK UP THE PHONE AND RING FOR ROOM SERVICE, 1991 by PARR, MARTIN (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

IT STILL FEELS AS THOUGH WE ARE LIVING IN A HOTEL SUITE. I WANT TO PICK UP THE PHONE AND RING FOR ROOM SERVICE, 1991

WHEN I LOOKED AT THE WALLPAPER AND THE WALLPAPER LOOKED AT ME WE INSTANTLY FELL IN LOVE, 1991 by PARR, MARTIN (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

WHEN I LOOKED AT THE WALLPAPER AND THE WALLPAPER LOOKED AT ME WE INSTANTLY FELL IN LOVE, 1991

I LIKE TO BE SURROUNDED BY THINGS THAT ARE VISUALLY IMPRESSIVE, 1991 by PARR, MARTIN (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

I LIKE TO BE SURROUNDED BY THINGS THAT ARE VISUALLY IMPRESSIVE, 1991

I REMEMBER VERY CLEARLY WHEN THIS CARPET WENT DOWN BECAUSE IT CAME OVER TELEVISION THAT PRESIDENT KENNEDY WAS ASSASSINATED, 1991 by PARR, MARTIN (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

I REMEMBER VERY CLEARLY WHEN THIS CARPET WENT DOWN BECAUSE IT CAME OVER TELEVISION THAT PRESIDENT KENNEDY WAS ASSASSINATED, 1991

THERE WASN'T ANYTHING HERE THAT HAD A FEMININE TOUCH. I BASICALLY MOVED IN AND PLONKED THINGS DOWN, 1991 by PARR, MARTIN (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

THERE WASN'T ANYTHING HERE THAT HAD A FEMININE TOUCH. I BASICALLY MOVED IN AND PLONKED THINGS DOWN, 1991

IT'S NOT STUFF THAT RUN-OF-THE-MILL PEOPLE WOULD HAVE IN THEIR HOMES, 1991 by PARR, MARTIN (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

IT'S NOT STUFF THAT RUN-OF-THE-MILL PEOPLE WOULD HAVE IN THEIR HOMES, 1991

I THINK WE ARE LOOKING FOR A LOOK THAT IS ESTABLISHED, WARM, COMFORTABLE, TRADITIONAL, 1991 by PARR, MARTIN (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

I THINK WE ARE LOOKING FOR A LOOK THAT IS ESTABLISHED, WARM, COMFORTABLE, TRADITIONAL, 1991

THE HOUSE CAME WITH EVERYTHING RIGHT DOWN TO THE BARS OF SOAP, 1991 by PARR, MARTIN (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

THE HOUSE CAME WITH EVERYTHING RIGHT DOWN TO THE BARS OF SOAP, 1991

UNDERNEATH IT ALL SHE REALLY IS A LOVELY GIRL, 1992 by PARR, MARTIN (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

UNDERNEATH IT ALL SHE REALLY IS A LOVELY GIRL, 1992

WE KEEP BUYING THINGS THINKING 'THAT'LL LOOK BETTER' AND IT JUST DOESN'T, 1991 by PARR, MARTIN (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

WE KEEP BUYING THINGS THINKING 'THAT'LL LOOK BETTER' AND IT JUST DOESN'T, 1991

EACH TO THEIR OWN BUT I THINK THIS IS GOING TO BE ONE OF THE BEST - IF NOT THE BEST - HOUSES ON THE ESTATE, 1991 by PARR, MARTIN (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

EACH TO THEIR OWN BUT I THINK THIS IS GOING TO BE ONE OF THE BEST - IF NOT THE BEST - HOUSES ON THE ESTATE, 1991

I DON'T THINK IT'S ANYTHING PARTICULARLY FORCED ON DEBORAH, WE'VE JUST ALWAYS ENJOYED THE SAME SORT OF THINGS, 1991 by PARR, MARTIN (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

I DON'T THINK IT'S ANYTHING PARTICULARLY FORCED ON DEBORAH, WE'VE JUST ALWAYS ENJOYED THE SAME SORT OF THINGS, 1991

I GET SUCH PLEASURE FROM THEM EVERY DAY WHEN I SIT IN THE BATH, 1991 by PARR, MARTIN (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

I GET SUCH PLEASURE FROM THEM EVERY DAY WHEN I SIT IN THE BATH, 1991

SUE HAS DEFINITELY GIVEN THE BATHROOM THE FEMININE TOUCH, 1991 by PARR, MARTIN (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

SUE HAS DEFINITELY GIVEN THE BATHROOM THE FEMININE TOUCH, 1991