Photographer's Note

Many of you will know the work of Martin Parr. Opinions on his work vary greatly, and there was some opposition to his joining Magnum, as it was suggested that his images were not sufficiently reportage.

"Magnum photographers were meant to go out as a crusade ... to places like famine and war and ... I went out and went round the corner to the local supermarket because this to me is the front line." (Martin Parr)

Some feel that his work lacks compassion, and is even mocking his subjects, often lonely, abstracted people in tawdry, often seaside, locations. He has been called cynical, voyeuristic, exploitative. I'm ambivalent; but I like observational photography (I'm not much good at it), but when I saw this couple, I knew it was "Parr-esque". The tatty park - Platia Leonidou Vlachou in Kerkyra - the garish colour (Parr habitually uses heavy saturation) and the disconnection between them, all felt like a homage to Mr. Parr. Yes, they were "together"! I've included a Parr image as a Workshop for those who don't know his work.

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