Martin Parr
[Photographer, b. 1952, Epson, Surrey, England, lives in Bristol and London, England.]

 Photography is the simplest thing in the world, but it is incredibly complicated to make it really work. 
 Find something you are passionate about and shoot your way through this obsession with elegance and you will have a potentially great project. 
 I see things going on before my eyes and I photograph them as they are, without trying to change them. I don’t warn people beforehand. That’s why I’m a chronicler. I speak about us and I speak about myself. 
 I am only photographing what is obvious, and part of my way of working is to tap into people’s prejudices, and depict all aspects of things happening in today’s society. I give people an opportunity to air their prejudices, and if they want to say the working class is scruffy and dirty, then the pictures exist to illustrate that thesis. 
 It is part of my agenda to take photos that can fit into all the outlets for photography, from the gallery wall to the magazine or newspaper page. That, to me, is using photography at its best. 
 I love playing the game of fashion photography without knowing what the rules are. 
 I try to photograph my own and society’s hypocrisy. 
 Photos tend to organize chaos, to define what we're doing here. It is essential that individuals’ voices depict the world around us, as we are increasingly controlled by large institutions, large companies and large systems. 
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