Publisher: Heaton Moor, Stockport, United Kingdom: Dewi Lewis Publishing, 1999
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 112965
First edition, first and only printing. Signed and dated 2003 in black ink on the first page by Parr. Hardcover. Photographically illustrated laminated paper-covered boards, no dust jacket as issued. 160 pp. with 160 four-color plates. 8-3/8x 11-3/4 inches.
Published on the occasion of the 1999 exhibition Martin Parr: Common Sense, which traveled to over 38 venues in 22 different countries.
[Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book. (Göteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center in association with Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, Germany, 2004).]
From the publisher: "For several years, Martin Parr has garnered huge, popular attention from the European public for his brilliant abilities as a satirist of contemporary life. His highly influential series of unsparing portraits depicting English working class life in the 1980s gave rise to the popular British documentary style as seen in younger photo stars such as Richard Billingham and Nick Waplington. Now with Common Sense, Parr reinvents the genre. Parr's exquisite sense of irony and humor shine through in lurid and luscious color photos that capture the essence of a consumer culture at the end of the millennium. His juxtapositions of everyday sights such as poodles and old-lady hairdos, or sticky Valentine's Day cupcakes and a close-up of two lover's hands invite us to revel in their absurdity as they burn us with their biting wit."