Published by Rocket Gallery, 2002 | First edition, signed and numbered
Softcover, 192 pages, 215 x 293 mm
Martin Parr's iconic project reflects the world's relationship with mobile phones. Conceptually conceived to mimic the original phone book distributed by British Telecom. 144 full color photographs printed on newsprint with six cardstock dividers separating the different locations from where Parr took the photographs: Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, United States, and Rest of the World. Martin Parr engages both photography and humour as vehicles of cultural criticism. At first glance, his photographs seem exaggerated—even bordering on grotesque—and his subject matter is strange, the colors are loud, and the perspective is often uncomfortable. Parr depicts acts of leisure, consumption, and communication and examines how these luxuries are portrayed and propagated throughout the world. Through this process, Parr examines national and international symbols of luxury to determine how valid they will be as relics that will help future generations understand and define our current culture. Published on the occasion of the 2002 exhibition "Martin Parr: The Phone Book" held at Rocket Gallery, London, and at 20.21 in Essen, Germany.