The Non-Conformists by Martin Parr. First edition. Second impression. Medium format hardback in fine condition. Signed by Martin Parr to title page. No markings. Binding firm, pages clean. Dust jacket in removable protective sleeve. Please see pictures. Any questions please get in touch.
About The Non-Conformists
In 1975 Martin Parr was fresh out of art school. He moved to the picturesque Yorkshire Pennine mill town of Hebden Bridge. Over a period of five years, he then documented the town in photographs. Showing, in particular, the aspects of traditional life that were beginning to decline. Susan Mitchell, whom he had met in Manchester and later married, joined Parr in documenting a year in the life of a small Methodist chapel. Together with its farming community. Such chapels seemed to encapsulate the region’s disappearing way of life. Here Martin Parr found his photographic voice, while together he and Susie assembled a remarkable and touching historic document–now published in book form for the first time.
The book takes its title from the Methodist and Baptist chapels that then characterized this area of Yorkshire and defined the fiercely independent character of the town. Non-Conformist Methodists reject the tenets of state Anglicism, and the Non-Conformist chapel of Hebden Bridge is central to the town and its community. In words and pictures, the Parr's vividly and affectionately document cobbled streets, flat-capped mill workers, hardy gamekeepers, henpecked husbands and jovial shop owners. The best Parr photographs are interwoven with Susie Parr’s detailed background descriptions of the society they observed.
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