Thursday, June 28, 2012

Small World

From the pyramids in Las Vegas and Egypt to palm trees in Florence and Goa, British photographer Martin Parr photographed his 'Small World'

Small World is about the difference between reality and mythology of a tourist location,' explains Parr, who has spent 20 years focussing his unforgiving lens on the tourist industry. 'When we get there it is often at odds with our expectations.'

Within Small World, Parr draws comparisons between scenes in countries thousands of miles apart; sometimes obviously - between the pyramid in Las Vegas and its original counterpart in Egypt - and sometimes subtly by examining the hand gestures of tourists at the leaning tower of Pisa and street sellers displaying their goods in Goa.

Photographs from Martin Parr's series Small World will be on show at Athens House of Photography (until 05.08.12)