Black Country Stories
The Public, West Bromwich
Thursday 11 Nov 2010 – Sunday 23 Jan 2011
This November, The Public gallery in West Bromwich will be opening its doors to host a unique exhibition of photographs by Magnum Photographer Martin Parr.
Parr spent a year photographing the Black Country, and his work focuses on daily life in the area, and provides an insight into the society and cultural make up of the region. From market stalls to Mosques, cafes to clubs, Parr has captured the essence of the region from behind his lense. Linda Saunders, managing Director of The Public describes the exhibition as ‘a fascinating portrayal of everyday community life’.
Parr has recently worked with Sandwell College’s Photography Department, and students and teachers have created their own collection of photographs, offering their personal take on life in the Black Country. The project, called ‘Show Me A Secret’, will run alongside Parr’s own collection in the The Public.
The free exhibition, which has been commissioned by Multistory, a local community arts organisation, will feature over 750 images. Parr’s work is displayed all over the world, in galleries including the MOMA in New York and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, so his attention to the Black Country is a one-off chance to experience the photographer focus on subjects much closer to home.