Aberdeen Art Gallery
This major exhibition, which is presented by Aberdeen Art Gallery and Magnum Photos, will feature two bodies of work by the internationally acclaimed photographer Martin Parr: Think of Scotland and Aberdeen At Leisure.
Think of Scotland has been developed over a 25-year period in which Parr has visited locations across the length and breadth of the country, from Ayrshire to Aberdeenshire and from Orkney to the Western Isles. Exploring leisure, landscape, food and community, this is the first retrospective of Parr’s work from Scotland, a country for which he has a great affection.
Speaking of the lure that keeps calling him back to the Scotland, Parr explains: “It’s a very beautiful country and the people are great. The social scene is interesting. It’s different from where I live in Bristol, it’s rougher and more engaging and quite dramatic. That difference really appeals to me.”
The second body of work, Aberdeen At Leisure, has been commissioned by Aberdeen Art Gallery. Over the course of several visits to the city in 2017, Parr photographed Aberdonians at leisure in places as diverse as sporting venues, places of worship and nightclubs. The commission not only celebrates the re-opening of Aberdeen Art Gallery, but also creates a lasting legacy to inspire future generations of photographers with a new series of images made in Aberdeen by one of the world’s foremost photographers.
Martin Parr said: “I am excited to share my portraits of Aberdeen with the citizens who appear in them. There is never a better audience than the subjects themselves, who are pictured here enjoying the incredible variety of leisure activities Aberdeen has to offer.”