Agence France-PresseNovember 17, 2013 23:04
British documentary photographer Martin Parr doesn't see it as his job to collude with other people's view of themselves.
It's a stance that has left him open to charges of cruelty toward his subjects.
Whether it be the rich at play or the poor in humdrum scenes of everyday life, Parr's unvarnished, warts-and-all version of reality divides the photographic world.
In his pictures, sagging flesh is mercilessly exposed, food shovelled into mouths, luxury flaunted, often with unflattering results that serve as a critique of modern consumer culture.