The Easel


21st May 2024

The controversial photographs that skewer British peculiarities

For all of the acclaim that Parr receives, the criticisms of him persist. Some call him a snob and think his images are a form of sneering about the British. One critic accuses him of “smash and grab photography”, for not working closely with communities where he is photographing. Most critics are more lenient, thinking that Parr celebrates British quirkiness and pragmatism. Parr’s own defence – “one can learn much more about the country where you live from a comedian than from a conference of sociologists,”