Epigona: Martin Parr

It has been said that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. Imitation is also how intelligent beings learn and grow throughout childhood and beyond. Art students have always apprenticed with teacher/artists, often imitating their work repeatedly until they had absorbed and understood a particular style, not only in their minds, but in their beings. Each month we will honor and emulate a different (and sometimes well-known) photographer. The title of the project,"Epigona", is the plural form of the word Epigone: "one who is a follower, disciple or imitator of a well known artist, or style". We'll all have a chance to pay homage and to learn from great photographers, many of which will be pulled directly from Utata Editor's Greg Fallis' popular Sunday Salon series. This month, we're going outside of the Sunday Salon index and selecting the well-known and iconic British photographer Martin Parr. "Perhaps the most successful British photographer of his generation", Martin's work has appeared in dozens of galleries and numerous books. He was born in Epsom, Surrey, UK, in 1952 and his childhood interest in photography was encouraged by his grandfather George Parr, himself a keen amateur photographer. Parr studied photography at Manchester Polytechnic in the early 1970s, and in 2004 was appointed as a Professor of Photography at The University of Wales. Martin Parr has stated that "With photography, I like to create fiction out of reality. I try and do this by taking society's natural prejudice and giving this a twist." So, in a nutshell, please venture forth and take photos in the style of the chosen photographer. As with all projects, we expect to see new work. You may well already have an image which resembles a Martin Parr piece, for example, but for these projects, please submit only new pieces. Since there will be a month between each project announcement, there will be plenty of time for us to study and explore each new artist.
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