Strange and familiar

This new Martin Parr curated exhibition captures the idiosyncracity of British culture from a 360 perspective
By Lewis Firth | Art | 9 March 2016
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Northern Ireland, 1970s; © Akihiko Okamura / Courtesy of the Estate of Akihiko Okamura, Hakodate, Japan.

Top image: Northern Ireland, 1970s; © Akihiko Okamura, courtesy of the Estate of Akihiko Okamura, Hakodate, Japan.

Strange and Familiar is a new exhibition opening at Barbican this week, curated by iconic lenser, Martin Parr. His punchy perspective, unabated subject matters and peculiarity act as the antithesis to what he calls the ‘propagandist imagery’ that floods public consciousness, particularly these days via digital media.

Popular and key subject matters were core to Parr’s curation: architecture, portraiture, documentative, street. Britain’s historical form is composed comprehensively by bringing together key, international photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rineke Dijkstra, Robert Frank and Garry Winogrand and a selection of never-before-seen works.

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‘Strange and Familiar’ runs from 16 March – 19 June 2016 at the Barbican Art Gallery, Barbican Centre, EC2Y 8DS. For more information visit the website here.

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