Martin Parr originally took the photographs in this book in 1991, during a trip to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
In 1993 a water leak damaged the original prints, resulting in the distorted colours and marks over the images.
“I initially panicked when I realised my box of prints had got damaged by a leak in my office. However, I got the prints out to dry and suddenly I thought, these look interesting. In fact to be brutally honest they were better than the originals. I then put them away in a dry box and forgot about them” – Martin Parr
About the Author
Martin Parr is one of the best-known documentary photographers of his generation. With over 100 books of his own published, and another 30 edited by Parr, his photographic legacy is already established. Parr also acts as a curator and editor. He has curated two photography festivals, Arles in 2004 and Brighton Biennial in 2010. More recently Parr curated the Barbican exhibition, Strange and Familiar.
Parr has been a member of the Magnum agency since 1994 and was President from 2013 – 2017. In 2013 Parr was appointed the visiting professor of photography at the University of Ulster. Parr’s work has been collected by many of the leading museums, from the Tate, the Pompidou and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Martin Parr established the Martin Parr Foundation in 2017. In 2019 the National Portrait Gallery in London held a major exhibition of Parr’s work titled Only Human.