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Parr, Martin. BLISS: PERFECT FOR COUPLES! IDEAL FOR FAMILIES! : MARTIN PARR POSTCARD COLLECTION. London, England: Chris Boot Limited, 2003. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. Fine.

The photographer's selections from his postcard collection on subject. The first and only edition. Part of an ongoing and extremely popular Series. An elegant production by Martin Parr and Frost Design London: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with colorful titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Postcards from various sources. All of the original postcards are part of the photographer's personal collection. Preface by Martin Parr. Printed on thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents "a wonderfully outdated vision of domestic happiness in shamelessly idealised images of romantic lovers and perfect families. Celebrates the postcard and the end of an era of innocence". Apart from having one of the largest private collections of photography books, Parr is also known for his huge postcard collection. He is the photographer-as-collector par excellence. But even the most cursory glance at the images in this collection, with their bright colors, nostalgic glow, and genuinely felt emotion will see the similarity, not just the connection, with Martin Parr's singular aesthetic of affectionate ambivalence. Roland Barthes once called photography as the nostalgic art and as such, it is inescapably "kitsch" (Barthes' word) in the best sense of the word. Martin Parr clearly shares Barthes' complex feelings for and understanding of his chosen art. Parr is an ironist (who is often mistaken for being a satirist) whose oblique, indirect, and witty approach leaves a strong aftertaste. It is not possible to understand the art and photography of our time without taking stock of Martin Parr's work and achievement. A "must-have" title for Martin Parr completists. This title has been out-of-print for a long time and is now collectible. This is one of very few copies still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce copy thus. The most influential and most important living British photographer. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARTIN PARR TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0954281330. $70.00

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