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ITALY. Sorrento. 2014. Copyright Martin Parr/Magnum, courtesy Rocket Gallery, London

Jonathan Stephenson/Rocket announces an exhibition by Martin Parr, the internationally renowned British photographer.

This exhibition is the tenth solo exhibition of Parr’s photographs at Rocket and will mark twenty years of collaboration between the photographer and his London gallerist. During the past three years Parr has explored a new approach in his working methods by using a telephoto lens.

Photographed on beaches in Italy, Argentina, Spain and Wales this will be the first time that the series has been publicly exhibited.

Photographed from a step back, or an elevated position with the long view often obscured, these beach scenes offer a change in perspective – a refocusing of the eye that is perhaps more used to observing this kind of environment from within it.

Photographed from this renewed perspective we see people as part of the landscape. Unrestrained by the social conventions of the inner city, they are utterly immersed – unselfconsciously – in their environment, whilst simultaneously dislocated from it.

Though still retaining a characteristic humour of the everyday, these pictures perhaps touch on something deeper: the human need for connection.

ARGENTINA. Mar Del Plata. Grandé Beach. 2014. Copyright Martin Parr/Magnum, courtesy Rocket Gallery, London

James Dobson Martin Parr (UK, b1952) has been represented by Rocket since 1997 and has been a full member of Magnum Photos since 1994. His institutional solo exhibitions in the last two years include Rhubarb Triangle, The Hepworth, Wakefield; Unseen City, The Guildhall, London; A Photographic Journey, Kunst Haus, Vienna; A Ceremony of Life, The Photographers’ Gallery, London. In 2017 Parr received the Outstanding Contribution to Photography accolade in the Sony World Photography Awards. Photographs by Martin Parr are held in numerous public collections including: Tate Gallery, London; the Arts Council of Great Britain; V&A, London; The Hepworth, Wakefield, Yorkshire; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Los Angeles County Museum; Australian National Gallery, Canberra.

ITALY. Sorrento. 2014. Copyright Martin Parr/Magnum, courtesy Rocket Gallery, London

Exhibition is open 15 June to 2 July – Thurs to Sun 12-6pm & by appointment for please contact Rocket on 020 7254 8391 or gallery@rocketgallery.com 4-6 Sheep Lane, London E8 4QS UK

GB. Wales. Tenby. 2016. Copyright Martin Parr/Magnum, courtesy Rocket Gallery, London