Dewi Lewis Publishing (1999)
Chosen by Kater May
Parr has photographed the weird and the wonderful. The images are close up, colourful and a little garish. This work is made to be a book. Not only do the images work alone, but together they create something entirely different.
The first thing that drew me to Martin Parr’s Common Sense was the subtle humour that is found throughout the pages. His use of sequencing makes a book that displays an almost satirical look at society. It is something that hangs in my mind when creating my own work, and everything I look for in a work of art.