Strolling in the chapels of the Èglise des Frères-Prêcheurs during this year’s Rencontres d’Arles festival was a fresh experience. Under the vaulted ceilings of the 15th century gothic church, photography and music comes into play in the exhibition of Martin Parr, called « MMM » in collaboration with French pop musician Matthieu Chedid.
As in past years, the Rencontres d’Arles festival organizes exhibitions which are scattered at various heritage sites. At « MMM », more than 500 photographs of the British photographer are shown in dedicated sections, distributed with speakers playing nine unique soundtracks. offering a retrospect of Parr in an unexpected approach. On top of the displays of photographs, the use of projections In this year’s Recontres d’Arles also delivers extra dimensions to the understanding of Parr’s work.
Martin Parr is a prominent figure in the world of contemporary photography, recognised with his satiric approach and humour infused to his works. He has been traveling worldwide in order to explore different international phenomena and national characteristics, offering fresh viewpoints for us to look at the world around us. In addition to being a photographer and a curator, he is a passionate collector of photographic books, having published over 80 photobooks over the years. He is a member of Magnum Photos and his works have been widely collected by museums such as J.Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; MoMA, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Metropolitan of Art, Tokyo; and Tate Modern, London.