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.

WE WANTED A COTTAGEY STATELY HOME KIND OF FEEL, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

WE WANTED A COTTAGEY STATELY HOME KIND OF FEEL, 1991

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TO COME HOME IN THE EVENINGS TO FIND THE KIDS HAVE CARRIED OUT THEIR OWN 
FORM OF ANARCHY IS JUST ABOUT THE LAST THING I CAN FACE, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

TO COME HOME IN THE EVENINGS TO FIND THE KIDS HAVE CARRIED OUT THEIR OWN FORM OF ANARCHY IS JUST ABOUT THE LAST THING I CAN FACE, 1991

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I WANTED TO BE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT, A LITTLE BIT INDIVIDUAL, THAT'S WHY I ONLY DID ONE SIDE, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

I WANTED TO BE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT, A LITTLE BIT INDIVIDUAL, THAT'S WHY I ONLY DID ONE SIDE, 1991

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DRAMATIC, GLAMOROUS, OVER-THE-TOP. I THINK THAT'S WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

DRAMATIC, GLAMOROUS, OVER-THE-TOP. I THINK THAT'S WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR, 1991

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IT WAS VERY MASCULINE WHEN I CAME IN HERE, SO I PUT MY QUILT OUT - THE FLOWERY ONE WHICH HE DETESTS, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

IT WAS VERY MASCULINE WHEN I CAME IN HERE, SO I PUT MY QUILT OUT - THE FLOWERY ONE WHICH HE DETESTS, 1991

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AFTER A FEW WEEKS LIVING HERE I PUT OUT A FEW TEDDY BEARS AND HE CAME HOME ONE DAY AND JUST WENT MAD ABOUT IT, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

AFTER A FEW WEEKS LIVING HERE I PUT OUT A FEW TEDDY BEARS AND HE CAME HOME ONE DAY AND JUST WENT MAD ABOUT IT, 1991

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WE ARE GOING TO COME TO A NICE COMPROMISE ON EVERY ISSUE. I'VE ALREADY DECIDED WHAT COLOURS WE'RE GOING TO HAVE. HE CAN JUST PICK THE VARIATIONS, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

WE ARE GOING TO COME TO A NICE COMPROMISE ON EVERY ISSUE. I'VE ALREADY DECIDED WHAT COLOURS WE'RE GOING TO HAVE. HE CAN JUST PICK THE VARIATIONS, 1991

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IT'S THIS EDWARDIAN LOOK THAT WE'RE TRYING TO ACHIEVE FROM THE BOTTOM RIGHT UP TO THE TOP OF THE HOUSE, 1991 by MARTIN PARR (Born 1952) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

IT'S THIS EDWARDIAN LOOK THAT WE'RE TRYING TO ACHIEVE FROM THE BOTTOM RIGHT UP TO THE TOP OF THE HOUSE, 1991

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