Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Renowned Magnum photographer Martin Parr brings his Black Country Stories to Light House Gallery, Wolverhampton

Light House Gallery in Wolverhampton presents Martin Parr’s latest photography exhibition Black Country Stories this July. The Magnum photographer who, throughout his distinguished career has investigated ordinary life in Great Britain, will also be at Light House to present a talk on his practice, inspirations and work. After a year documenting life in the Black Country exploring modern day society and the cultural make up of the region, Parr has painted a portrait of British life from his own unique perspective, creating an archive for the future. Black Country Stories was commissioned by Multistory, a local community arts organisation, and captures and celebrates everyday Black Country living and working. The exhibition will run from Friday 1 July - Fri 30 September, admission free. Martin will present his talk at Out of Hours: Martin Parr on Wednesday 27 July, 6.30pm – 7.30pm, cost: £3. For more info or to book tickets for the talk contact Light House Box Office on 01902 716055 or visit http://www.light-house.co.uk/

During his time producing Black Country Stories, Parr photographed local factories and industries, markets, shops, gurdwaras, temples, mosques, churches, restaurants, cafes, clubs and pubs, weddings and local cultural celebrations for St George’s day, Easter and Vaisakhi. The collection which contains over 650 images, 60 of which will be on display at Light House, is now held by Sandwell Library. Parr’s process of documenting and recording is fuelled by his passion and curiosity, taking inspiration from his surroundings. His intimate approach, photographing his subjects in their own environment, gives him space to explore their lives and values in ways that often involve inadvertent humour. Martin will talk about his techniques and inspirations during his talk on 27 July alongside discussing other projects he has worked on and his passion for collecting photographs and ephemera which have often influenced his practice.

Curator Kathryn Kliszat said, “We are very privileged to have Martin Parr at Light House this summer to talk about his latest exhibition Black Country Stories and his amazing career as an acclaimed Magnum photographer. Through this exhibition Martin has revealed the vital mix of cultures and communities living in the Black Country and the traditions that are still alive and thriving. This is a celebration of our community and everyone who is living in or is originally from the Black Country should experience it!”

Martin Parr and Multistory will continue to develop the Black Country Stories project over the next three years with Martin visiting Walsall in 2011, Wolverhampton in 2012 and Dudley in 2013, the project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the New Art Gallery Walsall, Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage And Dudley Museum and Arts service.

Black Country Stories will be on show at Light House Gallery from Friday 1 July - Fri 30 September, admission free. Out of Hours: Martin Parr will take place on Wednesday 27 July, 6.30pm – 7.30pm, cost: £3. For more info or to book tickets for the talk contact Light House Box Office on 01902 716055 or visit http://www.light-house.co.uk/

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