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    Work harder, get closer and be passionate about what you photograph.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: work 
     
    There are two parts to the process: taking the picture and finding ways of using it.
    — Martin Parr
    Unless it hurts, unless there's some vulnerability there, I don't think you're going to get good photographs.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: hurt 
     
    Photos tend to organize chaos, to define what we're doing here. It is essential that individuals' voices depict the world around us, as we are increasingly controlled by large institutions, large companies and large systems.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: world  chaos  photo  company 
     
    For those aspiring to make a living from travel photography, it's a sad fact that the boring shots are the shots that are going to make you money.
    — Martin Parr
    I try to photograph my own and society's hypocrisy.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: hypocrisy 
     
    I accept that all photography is voyeuristic and exploitative, and obviously I live with my own guilt and conscience. It's part of the test and I don't have a problem with it.
    — Martin Parr
    I am what I photograph.
    — Martin Parr
    We are drowning in images. Photography is used as a propaganda tool, which serves to sell products and ideas. I use the same approach to show aspects of reality.
    — Martin Parr
    Part of the role of photography is to exaggerate. Most of the photographs in your paper, unless they are hard news, are lies. Fashion pictures show people looking glamorous. Travel pictures show a place looking at its best, nothing to do with the reality... Most of the pictures we consume are propaganda.
    — Martin Parr
    The thing about tourism is that the reality of a place is quite different from the mythology of it.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: reality  mythology 
     
    You can't learn passion, either you've got it or you haven't.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: learn  passion 
     
    I see things going on before my eyes and I photograph them as they are, without trying to change them. I don't warn people beforehand. That's why I'm a chronicler. I speak about us and I speak about myself.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: people  eyes 
     
    The easy bit is picking up a camera and pointing and shooting. But then you have to decide what it is you're trying to say and express.
    — Martin Parr
    You can read a lot about a country by looking at its beaches: across cultures, the beach is that rare public space in which all absurdities and quirky national behaviors can be found.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: culture  space  read 
     
    To ask people's permission to take their pictures? Sometimes it feels right to ask, but I will not ask, unless it is essential to do so. If you asked all the time, you would miss everything. With the exception of portraits, it is generally bad news if people are looking at the camera.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: time  people  right  bad 
     
    With photography, I like to create a fiction out of reality. I try and do this by taking society's natural prejudice and giving this a twist.
    — Martin Parr
    I think the ordinary is a very under-exploited aspect of our lives because it is so familiar.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: live 
     
    Photography is the simplest thing in the world, but it is incredibly complicated to make it really work.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: work  world  photography 
     
    All photography is propaganda.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: photography 
     
    You have to take a lot of bad pictures. Dont' be afraid to take bad pictures... You have to take a lot of bad pictures in order to know when you've got a good one.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: bad  afraid 
     
    If you photograph for a long time, you get to understand such things as body language. I often do not look at people I photograph, especially afterwards. Also when I want a photo, I become somewhat fearless, and this helps a lot. There will always be someone who objects to being photographed, and when this happens you move on.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: time  people  language  body  help  fearless  photo 
     
    I go straight in very close to people and I do that because it's the only way you can get the picture. You go right up to them. Even now, I don't find it easy. I don't announce it. I pretend to be focusing elsewhere. If you take someone's photograph it is very difficult not to look at them just after. But it's the one thing that gives the game away. I don't try and hide what I'm doing - that would be folly.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: people  right  games 
     
    I looked around at what my colleagues were doing, and asked myself, 'What relationship has it with what's going on?' I found there was a great distortion of contemporary life. Photographers were interested only in certain things. A visually interesting place, people who were either very rich or very poor, and nostalgia.
    — Martin Parr
    My black-and-white work is more of a celebration and the color work became more of a critique of society.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: work  society 
     
    From the moment the tourist enters the site, everyone has to be photographed in front of every feature of note.... The photographic record of the visit has almost destroyed the very notion of actually looking.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: moment 
     
    Dictators are interesting, no?
    — Martin Parr
    In 1982 I bought the newly released Makina Plaubel 55mm fixed-lens camera. With this shift from 35mm to 6 x 7, I also changed from black and white to color. Later that year, I started my project on New Brighton called The Last Resort. However, the first project I shot in colour was composed of urban scenes from Liverpool. This image was on the second roll of film. It's the first good photo I made in this new chapter of my work.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: work  urban  film  photo  black  year 
     
    Most of the photographs people take with their cameraphones are of little value in terms of documentary.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: people  value 
     
    Wealthy people have not disappeared, they are just not so willing to show off their wealth.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: people  wealth 
     
    I am not a huge follower of music and tend to like one CD and play it to death, usually when I am washing up.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: death  music 
     
    Color was the palette of commercial photography and snapshot photography.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: photography 
     
    Photography's central role is to be the absolute medium of the day. It is fantastic that there is no longer any technical intimidation.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: media 
     
    I am a big fan of Jim Jarmusch and I do love big screen documentaries.
    — Martin Parr
    I toyed with the notion of being an actor, and am so glad that this whim did not go any further.
    — Martin Parr
    Photographs are interpretations of reality; as such, it is entirely subjective. Most photos are taken with an agenda, to sell something or to make a subject look better than it really is. Think of family snapshots - everyone is smiling and happy.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: photo  sell 
     
    Photography is Art and Art is Photography.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: photography 
     
    Taking photos is a form of collecting.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: photo 
     
    The danger is, you have a formula and you just repeat it.
    — Martin Parr
    tags: danger 
     
    I avoid Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and if I need to communicate with someone, I email direct.
    — Martin Parr
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