Martin Parr’s Foie Gras
House of Holland’s debut collection at LCM teamed up with the photography giant, Martin Parr.
A look into the iconic kitsch Britain we all love and hate.
Both known for their ‘tongue in cheek’ approach, a dream match up?
Everybody is happy.
Bring out the Foie gras.
Lads, Legends, Lovers, what are you; you can be all them Holland says.
Plastered over the garments.
Parr spins it with his fish & chip vans, mugs of tea, grannies and vintage football scarfs.
Oh, we do love a bit of nostalgia.
The collaboration, Holland a huge admirer of Parr, heart felt.
It sits awkwardly, like a cover band, rushed? Working on a fashion schedule. Old in with the old. Both know a trend. A fad. For another context. It feels odd.
Parr has huge influence over the photographic world. Every event, photobook, lecture, newspaper lap up his ‘brand’, budding photographers run with big eyes to get their book signed by him.
Sign here, please.
It all feels too familiar.
Hanging off his every word, wanting to be acknowledged.
The end scene of ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ comes to mind.
He is savvy, clever, knows the market. He and his minions smell out the latest photographer, collaboration, photobook on the block, puts his stamp on it and moves onto the next opportunity.
His influence dictates a large chunk of the photographic market.
Cristina de Middel. He bought most of the copies. In the know.
Sitting on the nest.
The curator of who’s in and who’s out. I’ll put you in touch with so and so. Put you in that show.
A one-man band.
There will always be influencers, but what are they doing to push the subject forward. Question its core values. This isn’t to disrespect but nudge in the right direction.
For best intentions
Learn from them but don’t iconise them.
Think for ourselves.
Want to read more about Youth Culture & Nostalgia in the arts, read this weeks article ’20 Something Generation’