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Martin Parr

Chris Boot Ltd, 2008
336 pages
Fully illustrated, colour
ISBN: 9781905712106

This book is a comprehensive survey of Martin Parr's unique postcard collection. Featuring 650 cards, selected by Parr from his collection of over 20,000 cards built over 30 years, its contents are presented in the manner of a postcard album. A highly entertaining journey into the themes of Parrworld, it is also a serious study of postcard history through the 20th century. Presented in 20 chronologically sequenced chapters with genres including: British postcards from the beginning of the century, the elaborate story-telling postcards of W Gothard, a collection on incidents of World War I, novelty portrait postcards from the 1920's and 1930's, bizarre hand-coloured cards from the 1930's and and the holiday postcards of John Hinde that so influenced Parrs own photographic style. The volume ends in Boring Postcards territory with a selection of late 20th century postcards promoting new motorways, airports and shops.


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