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Boring Postcards USA
by Martin Parr

ISBN: 9780714843919
PUBLISHER: Phaidon Press Ltd
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 176
PUBLICATION DATE: 1.02.2004
DIMENSIONS: 150mmX210mmX17mm 426grams

DESCRIPTION:
Boring Postcards goes Stateside - 160 exquisitely dull postcards from America. In the original Boring Postcards Magnum photographer and postcard enthusiast Martin Parr brought together 160 of the dullest postcards of 50s, 60s and 70s Britain to make a book that was, paradoxically, both fascinating and extremely funny. It was one of those ideas that seemed so obvious that no one could believe it hadn't been done before, and it caught the public imagination in a big way. Boring Postcards was discussed everywhere from daytime TV shows to in-flight magazines, from The Times to the Time magazine. It was so successful partly because it was more than just a funny book. The very fact that such places and people were once considered to be interesting or beautiful enough to merit a postcard made us aware of the changes which had taken place. In effect, Boring Postcards was an alternative social and cultural history of Britain from the 1950s to the 1970s. Martin Parr subsequently turned his attention to the United States to produce Boring Postcards USA, 160 of the dullest postcards from the land of opportunity. Just as before, for a postcard to qualify as sufficiently 'boring', either its composition, or its content, or the characters featured, must be arguably boring, or the photograph must be absent of anything which might conventionally be described as interesting. The postcards in Boring Postcards USA include: 'Site of Proposed Larger Tac

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