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Magnum Photos presents Martin Parr: Déjà View

23 September – 12 November, 2022

In collaboration with the Anonymous Project, Magnum Photos will open a new show at its Paris gallery that is based on the Martin Parr and Lee Shulman book Déjà View, which will be released by Textuel in 2021.

The book, and now the show, is made up of pairs and functions as a humorous dialogue between two significant photographic archives. Each Martin Parr piece is matched with a picture from the Anonymous Project’s archive of discarded amateur photos, which spans the 1950s through the 1980s.

The couplings take place in a variety of locations and circumstances found in both Europe and America. The images, which include festivals, celebrations, and people from all walks of life, showcase some of Parr’s most renowned works in dialogue with the best of vernacular photography. They were taken in various locales and times, but frequently share startling or amusing parallels.

Martin Parr’s collection of 50,000 images portrays society and stereotypes with a distinctive eye for the peculiarities of daily life. “It’s very difficult to take a good photograph of ordinary, everyday life. That’s what I like to try and do, it’s what motivates me to get out and about with my camera. There’s no guarantee that you’ll get a good picture, but there’s always a chance you’ll be pleasantly surprised.” Parr explained in an interview about Déjà View. “The book is pure, simple and direct. For me, it’s everything I love most.”

Lee Shulman, a filmmaker and artist, launched The Anonymous Project in 2017 with the goal of collecting and preserving color slides taken by amateur photographers all over the world between the late 1930s and the mid-1980s. There are currently more than 800,000 Kodachrome slides in the collection. “Our combined pictures speak to what photography is and what it can contribute: a simple, happy moment, shared. This book is full of optimism, humour, love and humanity.” Shulman said in the same interview, with Parr and Dimitri Beck, Director of Photography at Polka.

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