Sunday: Southbank, Galleries and the Marathon

Sunday in London including the Southbank, the National Portrait Gallery  to see Martin Parr, occasional sightings of the London Marathon, Somerset House and the Sony Awards exhibition and finally lunch at the Skylon.

Both exhibitions contained ideas for this terms project on ‘Dreams and Reality’

Breakfast at the Festival Hall and Southbank images 

Research: Martin Parr at the National Portrait Gallery

Exhibition includes Martin Parr’s best-known photographs plus new work never exhibited before. The exhibition focuses on one of his most engaging subjects – people.

‘Featuring portraits of people from around the world, the exhibition examines national identity today, both in the UK and abroad with a special focus on Martin Parr’s wry observations of Britishness. Britain in the time of Brexit is the focus of one section, featuring new works, which reveal Parr’s take on the social climate in the aftermath of the EU referendum.

Although best known for capturing ordinary people, Parr has also photographed celebrities throughout his career. For the first time in Only Human: Martin Parr reveals a selection of portraits of renowned personalities, most of which have never been exhibited before, including British fashion legends Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith, contemporary artists Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry and world-renowned football player Pelé.

Other new works reveal the quirks of leisure activities today, a subject Parr has explored since the 1980s. Parr photographs trips to the beach, tennis tournaments – from Wimbledon to the US Open – and a day at the races, to reveal the eccentricities of everyday life. Other photographs capture the infectious joy of dancing, an everyday activity enjoyed by people across the globe.

The exhibition also features the self-portraits Parr has made throughout his career. Works on display include his Photo Escultura, a group of shrine-like carved photo-sculptures, based on Parr’s likeness and commissioned from the last remaining traditional maker in Mexico City, which have never been exhibited in the UK before’.

London Marathon 

Unintentional interactions with the London Marathon while navigating the Strand and the Embankment between Trafalgar Square and Somerset House – including arriving just at the moment that Mo Farah passed by.  You will have to look hard to see the two photos in which he appears.

Somerset House and the Sony Awards Exhibition 

2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. ‘’This exhibition is an excellent snapshot of a lot of the best photography of 2018.”
More than 800 photographs were on show at Somerset House. Winning and shortlisted images from the Award’s four competitions Professional, Open, Youth and Student.

Plus a curation of images by the Awards’ 2019 Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient Nadav Kander. Examples of Nadav Kander images

Other images from the exhibition:

I was struck by this sequence of photographs in relation to the ideas around ‘Dreams and Reality’. These are just examples from the sequence :

Back to the Southbank and late lunch at the Skylon.  

 

 

 

 

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