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Strange and Familiar: Curated by Martin Parr

Exploring Britain’s social, cultural and political identity through iconic photographs from the last century, British photographer Martin Parr presents ‘Strange and Familiar’, an exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery. Featuring some of the world’s most influential photographers, such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Candida Hofer, Sergio Larrain and Hans van de Meer, the exhibit considers the perspectives of international photographers on Britain’s visual identity. Through portraiture, street photography and architectural imagery, Strange and Familiar captures a vivid portrait of modern Britain from coast to coast. Each photographer portrays a different part of life in Britain in their own unique styles. From the euphoria of the Silver Jubilee in 1977 to post-war London in the 1950’s undergoing major changes both socially and economically, every aspect of British culture since the 1930’s is explored.

Installation views of Strange and Familiar

Known in the photography field as a ‘chronicler of our age’ Parr has been a critical figure in the industry for over thirty years. Renowned for his interest in documenting a witty take on aspects of life such as leisure, consumption and communication it comes as no surprise that this exhibition has been designed to explore outside perspectives looking in. Hoping to reveal something new and exciting about British life through the lenses of 23 photographers from around the world, the works span decades as well as cities.

“The exhibition will reveal a very different take on British life than that produced by British photographers. It is both familiar and strange at the same time.”   – Martin Parr

Hans van de Meer’s imagery depicting amateur English football matches

1970’s Britain by Shinro Ohtake

The exhibition is to run from 16th March 2016-19th June 2016 at the Barbican Art Gallery, London. For more information click here.

All photos: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for the Barbican Art Gallery.

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