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Martin Parr – Black Country Stories

Posted May 23, 2015 12:00 am by admin under Exhibition Local History

In 2010, Multistory commissioned Magnum photographer Martin Parr to produce a photographic portrait and archive about every day life in the Black Country.

23 May 2015 - 22 August 2015

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Making Rock, Teddy Gray’s sweet factory, Dudley ©Martin Parr/Magnum Photos.
Black Country Stories 2010 to 2014, commissioned by Multistory

An entire gallery wall filled with hundreds of photographs of Black Country people taken by Magnum photographer Martin Parr is being installed at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

In 2010, Multistory commissioned Magnum photographer Martin Parr to produce a photographic portrait and archive about every day life in the Black Country. People from all walks of life – from Wolves football fans to Wolverhampton Civic Hall ravers, shop and factory workers all star in the latest exhibition by the award-winning photographer.

Martin, who has worked all over the world chronicling everyday people and the way they live, started the Black Country Stories project in 2010 visiting churches, football matches, Diamond Jubilee parties, dances, shops, factories and horticultural shows.During the four-year project he has photographed hundreds of people from Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Dudley and Walsall and now they are set to star in the three-month long exhibition.

The exhibition will also include larger prints of Martin’s work especially selected from the Black Country Stories archive as well as 400 archive images, oral histories and four documentary films made by Martin. The films feature Willenhall pensioners on a Turkey and Tinsel coach trip to Weston-super-Mare, glassmakers in Stourbridge, a Moxley pigeon breeder who goes to Mongolia and Teddy Gray’s famous sweet factory.

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