Parr and Kessels took turns discussing the different bodies of work that explore their personal taste and ways of looking at photography, and what image research is like today using a range of sources from flea markets, to Flickr, to eBay.
Parr also spoke of his upcoming book release Parr World: Objects and Postcards (Aperture and Chris Boot Ltd.) due out August 2008. He claimed, “I wish my life was sponsored by eBay,” while discussing how he acquires eccentric ephemera such as Saddam Hussein watches and Spice Girl candy bars.
Erik Kessels describes how he uses vernacular imagery in advertising campaigns.
Parr discusses his series of self portraits that are taken all over the world. You can see more of these at the Magnum website.
Kessels revealed the story behind one of the books included in Aperture’s limited-edition boxed set, In Almost Every Picture. In the series above, a taxi travels throughout Europe with a nameless passenger. Kessels tracked down the driver in the Netherlands and discovered that the passenger, who was unable to walk, would hire the driver to take her to various countries and photograph her on their sojourns.
Parr self portrait
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