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Bristol and West Exhibition: Photographs by Martin Parr West country photographer Martin Parr captures the quirkiness of day-to-day life in his home city of Bristol and the surrounding villages in his new exhibition at the M Shed. With his interest in “ordinary people doing ordinary things” he manages to extract the extraordinary from the seemingly everyday. As he photographs people going about their daily life he highlights the barely noticeable nuances and hidden emotions that bring humour to so many of his images. This exhibition features over 50 images selected from the last 30 years of his career and includes pictures from Cost of Living and a Year in the Life of Chew Stoke Village. His unusual perspectives, saturated colours and humour combine to give something that you can’t quite pin down. With all of his images, you get much more than you expect, as he has described his work: “with photography, I like to create fiction out of reality. I try to do this by taking society’s natural prejudice and giving this a twist”. Parr has lived in Bristol since the late 80s and is the first exhibitor at the new gallery M Shed, which is in the heart of the city’s exciting renovated docks. “To be the first exhibitor in M Shed’s new exhibition space is special. I hope visitors will enjoy the exhibition and perhaps see a link between my images and the essence of what M Shed is all about: local people; their unique lives and the individual personal stories behind their lives.” He is a member of one of the world’s most prestigious photo agency, Magnum which was started in 1947 by Robert Capa and Henri Cartier Bresson (amongst others) and still only enlisting some of the best photographers in the world. His photographs have the ability to let you see more of the person than you expect and almost bring a 3D effect to the work as you see things from a different point of view. A comment on British life, most will make you smile and all make you think about what you’re seeing, as so much is being suggested in Parr’s photographs. All you have to do is look. A genius. Go if you possibly can - it’s free as well. Until 27th November Martin Parr at M Shed.

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