|Drapers’ Company Dinner, Drapers’ Hall, City of London, 2014. Martin Parr (c)|
I was excited to hear that Martin Parr had a new exhibition in London. I’ve always been an admirer of his work (much to the demise of my peers at university!) as he always had a knack for making the banal and everyday seem somewhat quite humorous. It was comforting knowing that I wasn’t the only one who participates in the naff and awkward holiday pictures as seen in Small World. If aliens were ever to take over the Earth and study what the customs of the human race were I would direct them to Parr’s body of work.
|Silent Ceremony, Swearing in of new Lord Mayor, Fiona Woolf
Guildhall, City of London, 2013.
Martin Parr (c)
While the exhibition wasn’t quite what I expected at first, it does demonstrate how multi-faceted and complex the communities that exist in London are. Parr may have strayed away from what is considered to be the everyday but shares an insight into a world many of us are deeply unfamiliar with. It’s unsettling to know that such an elitist establishment has great influence and power in contemporary London. “The City sees no reason to change its ways and will continue on its uniquely closed, uniquely powerful, uniquely unaccountable way.”
Unseen City is running from 4th March – 31st July 2016 at the Guildhall Art Gallery. Admission is £5 to find out more click here.