Celebrated British documentary photographer Martin Parr has just started selling a range face masks featuring photographs from his archive. The response on social media has not been kind.
Four different face masks are available from the Martin Parr Foundation website, each priced at £20 ($25). The four photographs featured are from different collections in Parr’s archive.
The product page notes that the masks “are not medical devices or personal protective equipment,” but are intended to stop coronavirus from spreading from the person wearing the mask. They are not FFP2/N95.
Proceeds from sales of the mask go the Martin Parr Foundation, a charity that was created in order to “preserve the archive and legacy of Martin Parr, one of the most significant documentary photographers of post-war Britain.”
The response on Twitter and Instagram has been largely negative.
Parr is one Britain’s most widely respected documentary photographers, but his work has been criticized in the past for ridiculing his subjects, presenting them as objects to be mocked rather than creating a connection with them as might be observed in the work of a photographer such as Joel Sternfeld.
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