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05-12-10, 11:13 AM
Join Date: Oct 2009
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Since the weather has denied me the pleasure of watching al those Sunday morning wannabees I'd like to pose a hypothetical question.
If young a Bill Ecclestone and a keen young Marty Parr, without all the razzamatazz of their publicity machines and interested parties such a agents or publishers that have gone before, posted some of their unknown and recent images either on Flickr or sites such as this, how many comments would they engender?
And, as I would bet, not many, is that a reflection of the understanding or artistic nous of all of us that inhabit such places?
I can't speak for anyone else but if Martin Parr was an unknown and was posting his ' Last resort' shots here ( the ones he did at New brighton) I would be commenting on every one because its the type of photography that I like and the work was brilliant, if not very controversial at the time.
Same with William Eggleston's work, I like his use of colour and subject matter and it would stand out for me. William Eggleston became famous if you like because he was one of the early pioneers of colour photography in a climate where the older generation of photographers thought it was photographic blasphemy! It wasn't an agent or publicity machine that propelled him to fame , rather someone at MoMA spotted him and an exhibition followed.
Martin Parr created a controversial body of work that caught the eye of Thatcher and caused outcry amongst the community of New Brighton. Maybe it was lucky breaks rather than publicity that created their success?
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