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Boring Postcards av Martin Parr
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Boring Postcards (utgåvan 1999)

av Martin Parr (Författare)

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Martin Parr is a key figure in the world of photography and contemporary art. Some accuse him of cruelty, but many more appreciate the wit and irony with which he tackles such subjects as bad taste, food, the tourist, shopping and the foibles of the British. Parr has been collecting postcards for 20 years, and here is the cream of his collection - his boring postcards. With no introduction or commentary of any kind, Parr's boring postcards are reproduced straight. They are exactly what they say they are, namely boring picture postcards showing boring photographs of boring places, presumably for boring people to buy to send to their boring friends. All of them are shot in Britain, taking us on a boring tour of its motorways, ring roads, traffic interchanges, bus stations, pedestrian precincts, factories, housing estates, airports, caravan sites, convalescent homes and shopping centres. Some attempt to idealize their subjects, only to fail dismally. Others lack any apparent purpose or interest, but the resultant collection of photographic images is wholly compelling. Boring Postcardsis multi-layered: a commentary on British architecture, social life and identity, a record of a folk photography which is today being appropriated by the most fashionable photographers (including Parr), an exercise in sublime minimalism and, above all, a richly comic photographic entertainment.… (mer)
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Titel:Boring Postcards
Författare:Martin Parr (Författare)
Info:Phaidon Press (1999), Edition: First Edition, 176 pages
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Anyone who lived in Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the 1960s and 1970s should buy this book - it truly lives up to its name. There is no text at all, the dreadful colour and black and white postcards certainly just speak for themselves. The postcard photographs provide excellent illustration to the social history of the UK in the decades post-war but why anyone would wish to buy such a postcard at the time might bemuse people (unless you are in the photograph or unless your car is depicted or your house or street)! My favourite - it's hard to choose - must be "The Tourist Information Centre, Fort William" - it's part of the railway station and shows a dreadful one-storey building of around 1970, an empty taxi rank, ugly cars and a pick up truck (but at least it's not raining!). Hard to beat, though, are these (and, remember, they're postcards intending to send to a friend or relative!): "Transport & General Workers' Union Recuperation Centre, Littleport", with folk self-consciously posing for the camera; ""Austin Taylor Factory, Bethesda" (not all the factory, either, mostly the empty road outside the factory) and "The Drive In Bottle Shop, Northampton" (at Billing Aquadrome). The last photograph is entitled "Rain Clouds, from Southend Pier" - the mayor and local tourist board must have been so pleased with this one! The colours are horrid, the cars ugly, the clothes naff, the architecture awful and much of the photographic composition is truly terrible. The whole pictorial feast presents a terrible image of my country in my teens and twenties and the book is, therefore, so bad that it is brilliant. It's worth buying before those who knew it well are no longer with us. It's good for a laugh, too! ( )
  lestermay | Apr 2, 2018 |
Many of these postcards are not boring in my view. Take the Market Centre, Scunthorpe, the Butts Shopping Centre, Reading and the Foyer, Ocean Hotel, Sandown, Isle of Wight as just three examples. They are period pieces of great social history value.
1 rösta jon1lambert | Jan 28, 2012 |
Presented beautifully printed onto heavyweight paper, with plenty of white space surrounding them, postcards make a brilliant topic for an art book from Phaidon, masters of the subject. Also these postcards from around fifty years ago, that would have seemed completely boring twenty years ago, are now absolutely fascinating to look back on with our love for all things retro at the moment.

What is really amazing is how much of that brutalist concrete architecture still exists; there are views of several town centres that I know intimately and still recognise most of the features today. These were the days when flying was a luxury, caravans by the sea were more likely to feature in holiday plans, and if you had to drive there, the new motorways and their service stations were all part of the experience - all are represented here in all their glory! ( )
1 rösta gaskella | Mar 21, 2009 |
Few books manage to capture the stupidity of certain printed matter the way Boring Postcards does. You'll find yourself wondering why for 176 straight pages. In the end the collection is much more than the sum of its parts and one finds that putting it down is next to impossible. ( )
1 rösta JamesWhittaker | Jan 23, 2009 |
This is a brilliant book. At first it seems as though Parr is taking the piss but more I flick through the postcards of townhalls, shopping centres, motorways etc the more I sense that Parr has great affection for these subjects and time when these carsd were produced. ( )
1 rösta hollowman | Jan 27, 2008 |
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Martin Parr is a key figure in the world of photography and contemporary art. Some accuse him of cruelty, but many more appreciate the wit and irony with which he tackles such subjects as bad taste, food, the tourist, shopping and the foibles of the British. Parr has been collecting postcards for 20 years, and here is the cream of his collection - his boring postcards. With no introduction or commentary of any kind, Parr's boring postcards are reproduced straight. They are exactly what they say they are, namely boring picture postcards showing boring photographs of boring places, presumably for boring people to buy to send to their boring friends. All of them are shot in Britain, taking us on a boring tour of its motorways, ring roads, traffic interchanges, bus stations, pedestrian precincts, factories, housing estates, airports, caravan sites, convalescent homes and shopping centres. Some attempt to idealize their subjects, only to fail dismally. Others lack any apparent purpose or interest, but the resultant collection of photographic images is wholly compelling. Boring Postcardsis multi-layered: a commentary on British architecture, social life and identity, a record of a folk photography which is today being appropriated by the most fashionable photographers (including Parr), an exercise in sublime minimalism and, above all, a richly comic photographic entertainment.

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