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Saturday, 20 February 2016

Unseen City: Martin Parr - Guildhall Art Gallery

From 4 March, at the Guildhall Art Gallery, the City of London can be viewed through the lens of acclaimed Magnum photographer Martin Parr. Explore the pomp, ceremony and behind-the-scenes activity as in Unseen City Parr brings the City to life, capturing the traditions and people who make up the colourful Square Mile.

Martin Parr has been the City of London's photographer-in-residence since 2013. Over the years, he has documented the life of the City, across three mayoralties. During this time, Parr has been granted unprecedented access to high-profile occasions where guests have included Her Majesty The Queen and dignitaries. The resulting images offer a new perspective on the City of London and create a significant documentary record of its colour and character for years to come.

Through Parr's playful eye for detail and visual dynamism, visitors will gain access to the world of private ceremonies, ancient and modern traditions, processions, banquets, public occasions and informal behind-the-scenes shots. Parr offers a human perspective on ceremony and those moments unseen to the general public, capturing the unguarded moments that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Whether the public are familiar or unfamiliar with the City of London, this exhibition will display the unique character of the traditions, quirks and people who make up the City. This exhibition provides the opportunity to see how the City operates, up close and personal; sparking debate, dispelling myths and sharing surprising insights.

Parr’s work also appears in Strange And Familiar: Britain As Revealed By International Photographers at the Barbican Art Gallery, London EC2, from 16 March, and The Rhubarb Triangle & Other Stories at the Hepworth Wakefield until 12 June.


Cajun Roosters Trio @ City of London Festival 2015.

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