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"MEXICO" – SIGNED LIMITED EDITION
Photography by Martin Parr
Published by Chris Boot, London, 2006.
LIMITED EDITION of 100 COPIES with SIGNED C-Print
A wonderful photobook by Martin Parr exploring the culture of Mexico, where American influence grows more and more apparent. These images highlight the more absurd aspects of this cultural interaction via juxtaposition.
From the Artist:
"Both cultures are really strong, so you get an interesting cohesion. I’m exploring [that cohesion] in the photographs."
But Parr is truly objective here. He illustrates the positive along with the negative and celebrates it all as that which makes Mexico the distinct and lively culture it is today.
From the Publisher:
"For much of his career, Martin Parr has specialized in skewering the eccentricities and peculiarities of his native Great Britain-in particular those having to do with food, tourism, bad fashion choices and . . . more food. 'Mexico' is Parr's first new thematic series to be published in book form since 2002, a distinct geographical departure, and in part a greater departure as well. Parr is struck not only by Mexican culture, but also by the clear impact of America's pop culture and economy on Mexican life-the juxtaposition of Mickey Mouse with brightly colored saints, Nike logos with Day of the Dead skulls and Coca Cola with cacti. Here viewers are in recognizable territory with Parr's colorful close-ups of food, hats, signs and souvenirs, garishly shot with medical efficiency-but 'Mexico' also includes some straight records of human faces, images that capture photographer and subject in the act of mutual contemplation. These moments of mercy are one with the underlying theme of Parr's more ironic work, calling up equally the corruption of authentic cultural forms by global consumer culture, which he both critiques and celebrates. As Parr puts it, 'What I am saying is that it's a good and a bad thing. I'm constantly trying to express ambiguity. And that's what photography does very well.'"
This book is the LIMITED EDITION of 100 Copies and is SIGNED by the Artist. It is in NEW condition. It comes with a SIGNED and NUMBERED C-print titled "Tijuana, Mexico, 2003." It is a hardcover with no dust jacket, as issued. It comes in a slipcase, illustrated with a reflective psychedelic design, radiating outward from the colorful printed title in the center. The book itself is a solid green with the title stamped in white in the center. It measures 8 ¼ x 11 ½ inches, features an essay by Rogelio Villarreal and has 144 pages with 81 color illustrations. This title is IN STOCK.
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