Harts Gallery to open 'Strange Paradise'

The Harts Gallery will present an exhibit of photography, “Strange Paradise,” by Martin Parr, July 2 through Aug. 27.

A reception will be held July 9 from 5 to 8 p.m.

“The fundamental thing I'm exploring constantly is the difference between the mythology of the place and the reality of it,” Parr said.

“Remember I make serious photographs disguised as entertainment,” he said.

“That's part of my mantra. I make the pictures acceptable in order to find the audience but deep down there is actually a lot going on that's not sharply written in your face. If you want to read it you can read it,” he said.

Parr first garnered attention in the mid-1980s with his series and book, “The Last Resort: Photographs of New Brighton,” documenting leisure seekers at a seaside town in the United Kingdom.

The images from “The Last Resort” are iconic not only in the way that they reveal the beginnings of Parr’s vision, but also in the shift they mark within the broader photographic context: from black and white to color photography, and the beginnings of a bridge between the worlds of fine art and documentary photography.

“Strange Paradise” will feature work from several of Parr’s series dating from the 1980s through today, including a number of images from “The Last Resort.”

The 20 Bank Street gallery is open Thursdays through Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m.

For more information, call 917-913-4641 or email thehartsgallery@gmail.com.